“Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.” Amos 5:24
The JUSTICE CONFERENCE will address major issues in the public square of 2016 America – including Race, Poverty, Violence, Refugees, Systemic Injustice, and Shalom. The JUSTICE CONFERENCE endeavors to call followers of Christ into a more intentional lifestyle of ‘living justly’ as we seek to live out our faith as disciples of Jesus.
Opinion: Sounds great doesn’t it? They even quote the Bible!
Jan Markell (Olive Tree Views.org) summed it up:
“The promotion material quotes Nelson Mandela, a hardened Marxist with no Christian agenda. Some of the featured speakers are light years away from anything evangelical. This year Father Pfleger makes an appearance. He was a part of Jeremiah Wright’s Marxist outreach in Chicago. What does this have to do with the gospel?
Chelsen Vicari is an insightful Millennial who gets it. She writes, “Over the years, organizers for the ‘Justice Conference’ have carefully avoided addressing relevant cultural and social issues such as the persecution of Christians abroad, religious freedom, sanctity of unborn life, sexual ethics or support of Israel. Instead, speakers cover topics including racism, gun control, neo-pacifism, Liberation Theology and denouncing American patriotism as bigoted idolatry.”
Vicari continues, “Keep in mind, the ‘Justice Conference’ is not marketed towards progressive Christians. It’s geared towards young evangelicals from faithful NAE member denominations with big hearts for the poor and marginalized. So it’s odd that many of the conference’s keynote speakers and topics don’t reflect their target audience’s theological backgrounds.”
She concludes, “Repentance. Forgiveness. Redemption. These topics also need mention when we dialogue about social justice. If not, then we evangelicals will follow the declining trajectory of the liberal Mainlines.”
This same “Justice Conference” featured neo-Marxist Cornell West in 2015. He tried to shame the young evangelical crowd about their “white supremacy problem.” Organizers of the conference felt West could awaken attendees to police brutality issues.
Other speakers have suggested that the “raw power of government” be unleashed. This is nothing but far Left politics being rammed down the throats of impressionable young people. How will this minister to their souls?”
- Sustainable economies and societies on climate
- Justice in gender equality
- Justice for the Palestinian quest for a two-state solution
Open wide, it tastes like cherry.