Seek Social Justice
From the Heritage Foundation
Problems like poverty, addiction, and homelessness are serious and complex. Passion alone won’t solve them. Seek Social Justice is a six-lesson DVD small group study guide from the that provides a framework for understanding and engaging human need. Combining real-world examples of effective action with the wisdom of Christian leaders like Chuck Colson, Al Mohler, and Marvin Olasky, it will challenge your ideas about social justice and how to transform lives in need.
“I am grateful to The Heritage Foundation for including the needs of the poor in this innovative new study resource—and for inviting and encouraging us to translate our good intentions into actions that really make a difference.” (Gary Haugen, President and CEO, International Justice Mission)
What’s the best way to seek social justice? It’s a popular idea, but often little understood. That can lead to efforts that fail to help—and can even hurt—those in need. This lesson explores the underlying causes of poverty and social breakdown. These problems aren’t just material. Broken relationships are the heart of the matter.
How can broken relationships be restored? Better yet, how can we prevent brokenness in the first place? Lesson two tells the inspiring story of how the lives of one family in need were transformed. Learn about the surprising role that a healthy marriage and personal friendship can play in seeking social justice.
What role can local churches play in seeking social justice? A larger one than you might think. One congregation in Florida shows how effective the transforming power of faith can be, both inside and outside sanctuary walls. Learn how churches and ministries can play a role on the frontline of serving those in need and advancing social justice.
What creates economic opportunity for those in need? A key dimension of human well-being is the freedom and ability to work, earn, and give, and a just society encourages hard work and economic growth for job opportunities. In this lesson, see how one ministry helps prisoners to value work and hold down jobs as they reenter society.
Government plays an important role in a just society, but it doesn’t bear sole—or even primary—responsibility for justice. Through the story of a victim of human trafficking, lesson five explores what government does well, what it should leave to the other spheres of society, and how we can discern the difference.
Lesson six shows how the previous stories and lessons fit together to form a framework for seeking social justice. Join others and make the commitment to apply these ideas in your own neighborhood, campus, or community.