Justice-Seeking: The importance of having and being a friend.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
We live in a broken world. We need to lead our children to see the injustices in this world—the injustices of poverty, racism, gender inequality, war, exploitation around the world, abuse,, addiction, bullying etc.
We need to see the brokenness, learn about the brokenness, and respond to the brokenness by being an agent of change. Together we must bring the vision of God’s kingdom to those who are hurting.
The Bible is clear that justice is a central part of the shalom of God’s kingdom. The Bible leaves no doubt that Christian lives must be lives of justice. It is the first requirement listed in answer to Micah’s question, “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
God has decided to use his people (us!) to do His work in this world! What a responsibility and privilege! As parents, grandparents, mentors and teachers, we nurture and disciple young people to take on this ongoing responsibility and to rejoice in the glimpses of the kingdom that they get in this task.
Source material from The Prairie Centre for Christian Education
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What must Scooter do each day for Skink?
A. Scooter has to pay Skink “protection money”.
Q. Who was Gummo Primasaurus
A. He was the first mayor of Terrene.
Q. What’s Linda doing in her room?
A. She listening to music and reading poetry.
Q. When her mother requested it, who does Linda go to visit?
A. She visits Granny Gecko.
Q. What’s the first thing Liz does after Linda apologizes?
A. He faints.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Isaiah 61: 1,8 “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners . . . For I, the Lord, love justice.”
Micah 6:8 “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
How can we be justice seekers in our daily lives at school, at home and in our regular activities?
For young people, one way is to choose a cause that they can be passionate about and volunteer. Maybe it's through church or through the community. Perhaps it's a volunteer activity in which the whole family can participate.
Next, in school, encourage your children to advocate for themselves and for those who need help. Developing empathy is an important skill to work at.
At home, help each other use words in positive ways to build up and not break down. Call each other out when the dialogue becomes hurtful.