Social Justice, Poverty, and Christian Service
Social Justice, Poverty, and Christian Service Bible Verses
I was re-reading UnChristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons recently, here is some of the insight on the poor, the homeless, and social service:
“to look [or BE] more like Christ followers, we must cultivate deep concern and sensitivity to outsiders. That is what Jesus did.”
Genesis 12:2-3-Got wants the lives of his people to bless others.
Isaih 58:10-God followers should spend themselves on behalf of the poor.
Micah 6:8-We should be known for living humbly and pursuing justice and offering mercy
Matthew 5:44-Love people who seem to be “enemies” and pray for them.
Mark 9:35-The greatest role in life is to serve others.
Luke 4:18-Jesus’ ministry was first introduced as freeing captives, serving the oppressed, and healing the sick.
Luke 15:3-7-God pursues people like a shepard would search for even one straying sheep.
Luke 15:11-32-God is described as a father who patiently waits for the return of a child.
John 3:17-Jesus came ot to condemn the world but to save it.
John 15:13-You cannot love a person more than by giving your life up for him or her.
Galatians 5:13-Christians have freedom to love unconditionally, as Christ loved people
Philippeans 2:17, 2 Timothy 4:6, I John 3:16-19-Our lives are to be “poured out” and spend to serve God’s purposes.
Philippeans 2:5-11, Colosians 1:21-22-Our attitude should be like that of Jesus, who loved and accepted humans even though they were “enemies” of God. Then he changes their status from enemies to friends, even sons and daughters of God, when they commit themselves to him.
1 Timothy 3:1-7-One of the qualifications of Christian leadership is to have “a good reputation with outsiders”
Titus 3:2-Christians should be peaceable and considerate, showing true humanity toward everyone.
2 Peter 3:9-God wants everyone to repent and turn to him.
Earlier, I posted on Jesus Creed’s poverty and social justice bible verses, and you might want to check them out too.
Here is a Bible verse list from Compassion International on the issue of helping the poor.
Thoughts? Do you have a favorite verse or group of verses that makes this same point?