The M68 Project has created 5 tenets to justice. We use these tenets as a framework to rooting out racial prejudice and the injustices it creates. Anything other would be a miscarriage of our calling. This is how we will DO JUSTICE.
This is the foundation for justice and is the hardest to perform. The basis is this, you cannot pursue justice without the acknowledgement of an injustice (sin). We see the difficulty of acknowledging injustice even in the first sin. When God confronted Adam in the Garden of Eden about eating the forbidden fruit, his immediate reaction was denial, ‘it was not me, it was her…’. Adam refuses to acknowledge his injustice towards God.
Throughout the bible, we are shown man’s guilt for showing partiality (prejudice). We are also shown how prejudice has a generational impact, and God’s rebuke for those who show partiality. Because we believe in the supremacy and objectivity (what was true then is true now) of scripture, we must acknowledge that we are no less guilty of showing partiality, that generations of showing partiality has a significant impact on those who are being treated differently, and God is not pleased.
This is different than equality. Equity is a more individualized treatment. We think of it like this, equality is making sure every kid has shoes, and equity is making sure every kid has shoes that fit. Our pursuit for racial justice must not stop at equality, but it must chase after an equitable treatment for people of color. We see the theme of equitable treatment throughout scripture. Whether the way Jesus confronts the marginalized people of His time, or the way God distributes spiritual gifts to His people, the emphasis is not on ensuring people have the same thing, but on ensuring people have exactly what they need.
We must stand up and defend those who are oppressed. Proverbs 31:8-9 says, “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Advocacy should be simple. We all know the desire to defend ourselves, parents know how to defend their children, and Christians know how to defend their faith. Biblical justice through advocacy should follow these same patterns. The only difference, we are not the beneficiaries.
So much of what we have is born out of the circumstances we inherit. Just being born in America creates opportunities that being born in any other country does not create. And whether we believe that we created what we have, or we inherited what we have, God says that all we have is His. The question is, what do we do what all that we have?
The bible is clear about our responsibility to share in generosity with those who are in need. Not just to share, but to share generously. Most unique to biblical justice through generosity is our calling to give generously to our enemy. Jesus says things like, “bless your enemies”, “give to everyone who begs”, “and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.” Doing justice through sharing generously should not be bound to those who we think deserve it. It should be reserved for those who we think do not.
To start his ministry, Jesus read, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” The justice of the bible is more than giving generously, it is more than speaking up, it is more than equitable treatment or acknowledging injustices. Biblical justice is about liberating captives! We must set the oppressed free. Jeremiah 22:3 says, “Thus says the Lord: do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed.”
Biblical justice through liberation comes in 2 forms: on earth and in heaven. Christians are familiar with the concept of a heavenly liberation. This is the Gospel where we are liberated from our sin, through the blood of Jesus, so that we can spend eternity with God in Heaven. However, in our humble view, Christians are more likely to sidestep God’s purpose for a liberated justice on this earth. Jesus says that he has come to “set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” The “year of the Lord’s favor” is a reference to The Year of Jubilee, where land is restored to its rightful owner, business transactions are fair, and neighbors support neighbors in their time of need. Jesus came not only to liberate people from the oppression of their sin, but he came to liberate people from the oppression of their societal bondage. ALL chains must be broken.
We are a team of 8. We are multi-ethnic & multi-generational. We share a common biblical worldview & believe that God created diversity for His glory & our benefit. We work hard to provide content that is true, full of compassion & full of logic. Most of all, we pray that the Gospel would be made known through the work of racial justice.