What’s Happening Wednesday: SJW

Luke 4:18-19 is one of my husband’s favorite scriptures. It’s odd, because in those verses, Jesus is actually reading one of my favorite scriptures from Isaiah 61.    In my opinion, Jesus stops reading just as he gets to the good part. Here are the first three verses of that chapter

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

Recently, I have seen Christian conservatives and law enforcement agencies denouncing the world wide protests, and vilifying so-called “Social justice warriors.”

First, I was struck by the term.  Who doesn’t want to be a warrior for justice? Is the opposite of an SJW a private unjust pacifists?   Perhaps that is a fitting term for those who don’t think that certain folk don’t deserve the basic rights they enjoy.

The prophetic voice of Dr. Cornel West says, “Justice is what love looks like in public.”  Only those who do not have true love in their hearts would deny justice to others. Our current system is devoid of love, and so many of us are denied justice.
Both Isaiah and Jesus were social justice warriors.  The protesters in the streets are walking in their footsteps. I am grateful for them.
Let us march on ‘til victory is won.

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