Hunger. Poverty. Sickness. Addiction. These problems are serious... and complex. Passion alone won't solve them. We need effective strategies for overcoming human need.
Seek Social Justice is a small group guide from The Heritage Foundation that provides a framework for understanding the roots of social breakdown and what to do about it.
This six-lesson DVD explores the roles and responsibilities of family, business, government, church and individuals in promoting social justice by profiling real-world examples of effective action.
The accompanying study guide challenges notions that human need results primarily from a lack of resources that can be solved by greater government assistance, and instead guides participants through thoughtful, effective approaches to transform lives in need.
This written guide contains six lessons corresponding to six videos, available on the accompanying DVD or online at http://www.seeksocialjustice.com/ (the website will go live later this week)
Lesson One: Rethinking Social Justice: Getting to the Root of the Problem
Lesson Two: Cultivating Justice from the Ground Up: Marriage, Family, and Friendship
Lesson Three: Serving the Whole Person: Churches and Ministries
Lesson Four: Restoring Dignity and Purpose: The Importance of Work
Lesson Five: Maintaining the Social Conditions for Justice: The Role of Government
Lesson Six: Breaking Ground: What You Can Do To Seek Social Justice
On the program today, my guest will be the Lead Writer for the Seek Social Justice curriculum, Ryan Messmore. Ryan is the William E. Simon fellow in Religion and a Free Society at The Heritage Foundation.
Interesting While I appreciate the sentiment behind the dvd series etc, I don't understand why we always have to make the simple gospel so complicated. When I read the bible, I don't see any conditions that are to be put on the poor before we give to them, no micro managing, no return monetary or non-monetary that we are to expect, and no need to have knowledge of 'how they got there' etc. I agree it is always best to develop a relationship with someone so we can help them better but this is not always possible. I dont think we should be hesitant in giving to the poor just because we may not how how they directly put to use our help or because we may not know their 'background'. Jesus just said to give to poor. God will take care of the rest. Yes relationships are best, but the poor also do not want to be treated like they are children who need 'training'.