JUSTICE THAT RESTORES
The Bible teaches that God is outraged by injustice and calls His people to take action to address it. But given the millions of individuals and families touched by crime and incarceration in America and the complexities of our criminal justice system, how can followers of Jesus pursue justice that restores?
JUSTICE THAT RESPONDS
The Bible tells us to follow the laws of the land and to do what is right. But it also clearly calls us to not just avoid wrongdoing but to advocate for justice, to speak up against injustice, and to visit prisoners. We are called to practice a justice that responds.
JUSTICE THAT FITS
The criminal justice system has gotten off track, but we can all help bring about change through advocacy. God cares about justice and fairness and is outraged by overincarceration and disproportional punishment. We too should be outraged by it and speak up to make sure punishment fits the crime and alternatives to incarceration are pursued when appropriate.
JUSTICE THAT TRANSFORMS
Jails and prisons don't have to be warehouses for human beings. Correctional facilities can be places that bring about positive change and enable people to leave as good neighbors and citizens, rather than just entrenching their criminal mindset and behavior. When God's people persistently "remember those in prison" (Hebrews 13:3), prisons become places of restoration and renewal.
JUSTICE THAT REDEEMS
It’s one thing to tell people about a "new life" on a spiritual level, but what about a community level? Once someone has made amends for their past wrongdoing and repented, are we willing to extend a hand in practical ways? Are we, people who have been given a second chance, willing to give similar opportunities to those who have paid their debt and want to reach their full potential?