I just stumbled onto The Justice Conference website. First of all, I cannot express how much I wish I could go to this thing. It looks awesome. Dr. John Perkins, one of my heroes, is speaking and that alone interests me. Second, their promotional video is, I think, one of the best visual representations of what a Christian perspective on social justice looks like. Is it a perfect summation? No. But it gives a good two-and-a-half minute definition.
Really, though, isn’t this a beautiful definition of justice?
Justice is a garment, a billion threads, interwoven, interlocked, knit together with strength and integrity. Pull one thread from the fabric and the garment begins to fray. Pull ten million threads and justice unravels into injustice.
The work of justice is to mend the holes injustice inflicts upon the garment. It is a brave, challenging, courageous work and it does not begin with expertise or duty. It begins with love… and love is a thread.
I appreciate how holistic their definition of justice is, yet without becoming lost in something that is too vauge to be meaningful. Justice, they say, is not only about people on the other side of the globe, but ” just as much about how I respond to the lonely guy next door starving for a friendly word.” Justice, ultimately, is about our loving neighbor. Also interesting in this definition is an idea that justice is frail, like a thread that can easily come unraveled.
Like I said at the start, I’m genuinely sad I can’t go to this. So if some reader wants to sponsor my flight, lodging, and conference fees, I won’t turn you down 😉
For those who are a bit closer than I am, the conference is February 24-25 in Portland Oregon. You should go. Really, you should.