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 just and He executes justice perfectly.
For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. -Deuteronomy 10:17-18
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 and equality, to love our neighbor and to protect the widows and orphans. Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for neglecting justice.
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
Who are the orphans, widows and the overlooked among us today? They are in our neighborhoods and local community, and they are also across the globe. We live in a time in history when we can act justly not only toward those whose faces we see every day, but also with those whose faces we many only see across a computer screen or mobile device.
Ethical Trade Marketplace
This year we invite you to a new opportunity to pursue Biblical justice through education and ethical shopping at the Ethical Trade Marketplace
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, and the poor, marginalized, widows and children are most at risk. 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. agapewebsite.org/what-we-do/reintegrate/
Bethel's first annual Ethical Trade Marketplace will be Saturday, November 2nd at 10am. It's free to attend, so bring your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers! There will be a gospel-centered, educational morning program, followed by shopping from over 25 vendors and free hor d'oeuvres to enjoy.
The Ethical Trade Marketplace is an opportunity for our holiday shopping to be a lot of fun, while also promoting justice to those with little or no voice. All vendors will be fair or ethical trade or for cause, supporting the vulnerable locally and globally. Every product has a story. We can use our purchasing power to help end human trafficking, to aid in orphan prevention and to share the hope of the gospel. We hope to see you there!
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 love. - D. Platt
Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable - if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy - dwell on these things. -Philippians 4:8