At the UCCF Politics Network, we are passionate about sharing the gospel with our friends. Whilst politics is a key way in which we can act to serve our communities and pursue the good of our neighbour, politics is a temporal good. It cannot fix our greatest problems nor create the peaceful utopia we long for. It can try, and it might do some good in the process, but we need to recognise that it is only ever going to have limited success.
Now, this might sound like a reason to despair, but we believe that there is one who will deal with all our problems, who will create a land of peace and blessing. His name is Jesus. Which is why we are committed to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. The one who brings eternal good.
There are many ways of doing this in the world of politics, but we are especially excited about Meals with a Message. The premise being, gather some pals for food and start some big chats about faith and the deeper questions of life. You can find out more about what they are and how you might host one here.
Feel free to make it your own, but we pray that this talk on justice might serve you well in sharing the hope of Jesus. Give it a watch and have a think through the discussion questions below...
- How do you define justice?
- Do you agree that there is no workable/agreeable definition?
- Do you think it is possible to establish justice? Why/Why not?
- Who or what, in your opinion, is responsible for injustice?
- What is your solution to the problem of injustice?
- Does this address the twin problems of definition and culpability?
- The Bible defines justice as living in 'right relationship with God and right relationship with others'. What do you make of this definition?
- “The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either -- but right through every human heart” so says the Russian author Solzhenitsyn. Or in other words, we all fall short of the standard required. Would you agree?
- Why is this a scary idea?
- Why does Christianity give us hope?
- The Bible presents Jesus as the only one who met God's standard for justice and therefore the only hope to establish justice. Do you find this compelling?