Justice Revival’s values include respect, compassion, justice, spiritual growth, solidarity, engagement, and impact. Each of these is anchored in Scripture.
We respect the inherent human dignity and immeasurable worth of all human beings who, without exception or distinction, bear the divine image of God the Creator.
“God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
We understand the commandment to love one another as God loves us to be the cornerstone of our faith. Compassion is characteristic of God’s love for humankind; therefore we, too, are called to be compassionate, especially toward the vulnerable and oppressed.
“‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40
“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12
We are devoted to the cause of justice and the struggle for an end to all forms of oppression. We regard justice as an essential tenet of the Christian Gospel, and thus central to the work of the Christian Church and the spiritual life of its people.
“For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing.” Deuteronomy 10:17-18
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
Believing that the wellspring of any Christian ministry is communion with Christ, we root all of our endeavors in growing lives of Christian faith. We value spiritual formation and growth as fundamental to our ministry of justice and to all good works. We trust that responding to God’s call to take up the work of justice will deepen our faith.
“Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5
We affirm the critical importance of undertaking the work of justice in solidarity with those most vulnerable and most affected by oppression. We seek to keep the perspectives of those who have born the brunt of injustice in the foreground. To this end, we seek to work in collaboration with diverse movements for justice and human rights–religious, interfaith, and secular–who share our commitment to solidarity with the oppressed.
“And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25:39-40
Seeking to engage our hearts and minds, we value informed, thoughtful analysis of justice and human rights issues, accurate factual information, sound legal and theological arguments, and consultation with acknowledged experts. Consideration of such resources strengthens our Christian activity in the world and nurtures our continued spiritual growth.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8
We strive to make a difference in the world by empowering Christians to regard their faith not only as a system of beliefs but also as a mandate for courageous action. In our efforts as a justice ministry, we seek nothing less than transformation and renewal that helps to bend the long arc of our world toward justice. We believe this begins with impact on individual lives and extends next to impact on communities and, finally, to impact on the broader society.
“But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.” James 1:25
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1