Gospel Lessons on Racial, Criminal, Socioeconomic Justice

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On Rejecting Racism


 

  • Samaritan woman: John 4:1-42
  • Dignifying second-class citizens: Galatians 3:28
  • Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37
  • Risking one’s reputation: Deuteronomy 10:11-12
  • Drunkards and prostitutes: Matthew 9:9-13; Luke 7:36-50; Matthew 21:28-32

On Confronting Abuse of Power

  • Challenging unjust behavior: Proverbs 21:15, Amos 5:24, Zechariah 7:9
  • Tax collector: Luke 19:1-10
  • Confronting the spiritually arrogant: Luke 18:9-14, Hebrew 4:15
  • Pharisees: Luke 6:1-11; Matthew 23:1-3, 23-28
  • Reordering political power: Ezekiel 34:4, Revelation 21:1-4
  • Government rulers: Mark 12:13-17; Matthew 20:20-28

On Justice for the Poor and Oppressed

  • Advocating for the poor: Proverbs 28:27, Luke 4:18, Luke 12:33
  • Hungry, sick and imprisoned: Luke 14:12-14; Matthew 25:31-46
  • Advocating for the privileged: Galatians 5:16-24, 1 Peter 2:9
  • Rich ruler and Nicodemus: Luke 18:18-27; John 3:1-16
  • Releasing the oppressed: Isaiah 61:1, Micah 6:8
  • Demons of the soul: Mark 1:21-34; Luke 4:16-21

UMC Resolutions on Criminal Justice, Racism, Poverty

  • No. 3371  “A Charter for Racial Justice Policies in an Interdependent Global Community”
  • No.  3372  “Act of Repentance for Racism”
  • No. 3376  “White Privilege in the United States”
  • No. 4052  “Economic Justice for a New Millennium”
  • No. 4092  “Statement of Concern on Poverty”
  • No. 4054  “Pathways to Economic Justice”
  • No. 5031  “Equal Justice”
  • No. 5033  “Justice with Young Persons”
  • No. 5034  “Mission Plan for Restorative Justice Ministries”
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