Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you:
to act justly,
to love faithfulness,
and to walk humbly with your God.
What does it mean to act justly? Biblical justice is making right decisions according to God's commands. Therefore, to act justly, we must first know God and His commands. God is the just Judge, neither over or under punishing.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. -1 John 1:9
We are justified before God in Christ; Christ willingly took the punishment for me, for you, for all the unjust. Glory to His name!
The Bible speaks to a broadness in God's justice, repeatedly calling His people to seek it for the marginalized and vulnerable. Throughout the Bible, we are called to stand up for justice, to love our neighbor, and to protect the widows and orphans.
But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. -Luke 11:42
How do the purchases we make relate to acting justly? When labor laws are followed in the United States, the workers receive fair wages and humane working conditions. However, in many other countries, this is not the case. The poor, marginalized, widows, and children are most at risk, and often their very lives are at stake. Fair and ethical trade does what we like to assume all businesses do - it ensures fair wages, child rights, and humane working conditions for families in developing countries.
In addition to restoring basic worth to workers, many of these companies actually go much further with hope of the gospel. Consider AIM
, one of our global partners - their clothing line is part of the restoration and reintegration process for rescued girls. Or locally, Grace Kitchen
offers hope and opportunity for lasting change to women survivors of trafficking, addiction, homelessness, and poverty.
Every product in the Give With a Purpose Holiday Gift Guide
we've compiled has a story. Together, we can use our purchasing power to help end human trafficking, to aid in orphan prevention, and to share the hope of the gospel. Let's give with a purpose this Christmas season!
So ask Him, where are the poor, the oppressed, the orphaned, the enslaved, and ultimately the lost right around me. Then realize that the effect of your life could extend far beyond where you currently live. -D. Platt