This is a big topic and surely won’t be covered in one blog. This weekend I have been preparing a presentation for a Social Work class at Calvin College. I will be addressing how our Reformed Faith shapes our view of Social Justice in the field of Social Work.
As I discussed this with my Dad, he mentioned Isaiah 61 as a biblical foundation for the Reformed view of social justice. I am sure I have read Isaiah 61 before, but as my niece Karolyn and I contemplated this yesterday, Isaiah 61 feels bright and refreshing to both of us. I can feel my spirit soar as I read the clarity and mandate of Scripture.
“the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives. . .
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair. . .
For I, the Lord, love justice.”
I don’t believe anymore needs to be said!
May we move forward and live out the invitation/mandate that has been given to us!
Anyone willing to join me?