Inspired By Nehemiah's ExampleUsing The DART Center's model for congregational based organizing, we have been convicted by Micah 6:8, which says, “He has shown you, O mortal, 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.” Our call to do justice comes from God and that call unites us across race, gender, socio-economic status, and religion.
We continually turn to Nehemiah in the Bible for our example of how to do justice in a community. In Chapter 5 of Nehemiah, we see that Nehemiah called a great assembly in Jerusalem. The entire community came out to confront the nobles and officials to stop their unjust lending practices. When faced with the power of a great assembly of organized people, the nobles and officials agreed to stop their unjust lending and to return everything that they had taken from the people. Neither us as individuals or our individual congregations have enough people power to hold political leaders accountable for justice.
Amos 5:24 paints an image of the world as it could and should be. It says, “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.” In that world, justice reigns supreme. Justice can be in abundance. We just must work together to build a powerful organization to call upon our leaders to make decisions and legislation based on justice.
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