Through Rushing Water is the story of a missionary to the Ponca Indians in 1876, during their quest for civil rights. In honor of Martin Luther King Day, I'm giving away three copies of Through Rushing Water - in audio or paperback. To enter the contest, answer this question:  What role should Christians play in social justice movements?

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Comment by Catherine Richmond on January 18, 2013 at 11:06pm

Tina, yes, meeting physical needs helps with spreading the gospel. Thelma, so right - Jesus came for all. Rebecca, God's people should be especially careful to stick to the truth. Caught a glimpse of a TV show in a patient's room with the headline "Lies are the New Truth." Yipes. Cheryl, amen! Judy, a hurting world needs a healing God. Eleanor - prayer, respect, and grace are a powerful mix. Lesa, all the hospitals and schools established by Christians show we have had a leading role in the past. Shawna, absolutely we have to answer to God for our time, talents, and resources. Margaret, I hadn't thought of the situation with the Israelites. Great discussion! Blessings to all on your missions!

Comment by Catherine Richmond on January 18, 2013 at 10:57pm

Debbie, you've got me singing Celtic Thunder's "All God's People God a Seat in the Choir."  Stacy, good point that we need to speak up for those who can't. Vera, I grew up in the DC area in the '60s & I remember all that tension. Diana, amen on following Him no matter where He leads. Sandra, perfect example of the church in WWII - we need to tap into God's courage. Kelly, providing food, clothing, & hope shows God's love - good point. Martha, agreed on the tricky part - we always need God's wisdom. Delores, preach it! Dorothy, it's all part of loving God, isn't it? Janice, yes on seeking God's will and working together with His people. What powerful thoughts! Blessings to all on your missions! 

Comment by Margaret Ann and Bill McCurry on January 18, 2013 at 10:54pm

God critizised the Israelites for not practicing social justice, so we believe He wants Christians to be very involved.

Comment by Shawna J. Wallace on January 18, 2013 at 10:36pm

You know...I've been reading others because I simply could not give you a straight up one way answer about this. In my eyes, a christian - which, in reality, we ALL are...just different churches / versions...we should all answer to God first. HE will lead us in the right direction in regards to social justice movements. If we pray to him, to lead us in order to help, HE will lead us in the right direction. That's what HE's all about, right? We should follow it in our daily lives by our actions, not our words, because our actions speak louder than our words, right?...At least they are supposed to..In today's society that doesn't happen often, but when it does, you have found someone with the ideal Christian character, and therefore have found someone who will do as HE leads us to do. I'm really hoping I didn't step my foot off somewhere it wasn't supposed to go..but I think if we do what we know is right then we should play an active role in the social justice movements as he leads us to do.

Comment by Lesa Neace on January 18, 2013 at 9:12pm

Christians should play a leading role.

Comment by Eleanor Shepherd on January 18, 2013 at 7:54pm
Christians should make it their business to try and understand the issues and then seek to act with respect and grace to support those who are involved, covering their involvement in prayer.
Comment by Judy Van Swol on January 18, 2013 at 6:58pm
They should lead the way. We are the hands and feet of Jesus in a hurting world.
Comment by Rebecca Maness on January 18, 2013 at 6:46pm

Stand for the truth - regardless of the consequences. 

Carefully & regularly compare social issues with Scripture - and be aware of subtle shiftings in society away from the truth!  There are some programs & movies, along with some magazines I can no longer watch or subscribe to.  I don't want to slowly be sucked into believing the lies of the enemy.

There are some stores I cannot shop at - and I let them know of my decision and why I am unable to give them my business. 

If we don't stand for the truth, who will?

Comment by Thelma Goolsby on January 18, 2013 at 6:46pm

To me, sharing the good news of Jesus and caring about the physical and emotional needs of others go hand in hand. Jesus loved all people, so we should do whatever we can to reach the people He died for.

Comment by Tima Murrell on January 18, 2013 at 6:31pm

I think it goes along with the feeding the 5000 in the Bible. If people are being abused, starved, or treated unjustly they often aren't receptive to the Gospel message. Once we've fought for their food, freedoms, rights, etc. they will be more likely to listen about our heavenly Father.

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