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 20, 2013 at 7:25pm

Dee Ann, you're right - social justice shouldn't be a movement so much as a way of life.

Comment by Dee Ann Hoff on January 20, 2013 at 6:32pm

We are called to live justly and humbly. We can't always do the big things, but our attitude of fairness to all should be evident in our daily walk.

Comment by Catherine Richmond on January 20, 2013 at 6:04pm

Vera, yes, we need to be good and fair to everyone we meet. Donna - so right, sometimes it's within our own families that we need to work for justice. Blessings on your missions!

Comment by Donna W. McGinnis on January 20, 2013 at 4:37pm

I think we should all be aware of Social Injustice not just Christians. But as Christians we should Pray about the situation and ask if there is anything we can do ourselves. Maybe all we can do is Pray. We should let Christ lead us. We should be loving and forgiving. Sometimes injustice is within our own family. Hopefully we can be of help and fight for their injustice. 

Comment by Vera Godley on January 20, 2013 at 3:53pm

I have already comment on the social justice issues.  But I'll try another - throughout history there has been social injustice. There have not always been Christians but before the time of Christ there was belief in God.  Good men and women were always (I think mostly always) just in their dealings with others.  No matter if they were the Lord of the Manor and had serfs or slaves working their property.  They were fair in dealing with them.  That did not solve the injustice of sevitude of the times, but they were just in their dealings.  In the world we would all love to live in, there would be no slavery, no injustice, no meanness, no bigotry, no racism, no issues between "clans" and ideologies.  But we don't live in a world of such.  Therefore, it is the calling of each and every one who calls himself by the name of Christ-follower or "Christian" to be just in our dealings and treat each and everyone we meet with the goodness of Christ-in-us.  If we see a wrong, we should try to "right it" as Christ might do. 

Comment by Catherine Richmond on January 20, 2013 at 2:38pm

Bobbie - you're so right - we need to pray up before we jump in!

Comment by Bobbie on January 20, 2013 at 12:28pm

As Christians we need to take a stand for social justice movements. We need to be like MLK not a people of violence. We need to speak the word and be able to back it up in the Bible. Christian should pray and fast before making any move towards doing anything. In the Bible it states that some things only come by fasting and prayer. During the time when MLK was movement was going forth, I remember my grandmother and churches were praying. People stayed on their knees lay out before God for answers. This is my opinion on social justice movements if we do not have God's ok things do not go right. We as Christian have to pray all the time not just sometimes when we feel like it. As for today, social justice movement cannot go right unless Christian stay before God prayer and fasting. Bobbie

Comment by Catherine Richmond on January 19, 2013 at 9:13pm

Carol - what wise words - God gives the assignment and we answer to Him - amen! Marianne, yes, loving like God and doing is work is what it's all about, whether it's social justice movements or something else. Pat, you're right - we need to make sure the work is something that's in God's plan. Deborah, I like when MLK Day expands to include all the many who worked for freedom - you've mentioned some heroes. Linda, yes, love means treating everyone equally - we're all God's children! Carla, a great list of characteristics for those working for social justice! Patti - you're so right about gossip - it's too easy to wound. Wonderful insights here! Blessings to all on your missions!

Comment by Catherine Richmond on January 19, 2013 at 9:03pm

Sandra, agreed - God's extraordinary love can transform ordinary lives!

Comment by Catherine Richmond on January 19, 2013 at 9:02pm

Wanda, amen on seeking God's will for our lives! And Sharon, great reminder of the history of God's church in social justice. Through Rushing Water is a romance set against the trial of Standing Bear, the court case that gave Native Americans legal standing as people. My research uncovered many connections between the trial and one church!

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