What is Christian Literacy?

refers to the ability to use a language - to know what words means, to be able to use grammar, sentence structure, to be able to converse in that language is to be literate.

Religious literacy
means having the ability to understand and speak about our faith intelligently. It’s the ability to communicate the basic tenets of our religion.

I'm very grateful to B.U. Professor Stephen Prothero for his excellent book, "Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know and Doesn't." This book, along with my desire to teach the faith, served as the inspiration for this effort.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Justice is a very important word in the Bible. Justice matters to our God. Take a look:

"What does the Lord require of thee? To do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God."   - Micah 6:8

"Let justice roll down like water and righteousness like an everflowing stream."   - Amos 5:24

"You have neglected the weightier matters of the law - justice, mercy and faithfulness."
- Jesus in Matt. 23:23

The concept of justice in the Bible is rooted in the very nature and character of God.

"He is the Rock, his ways are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he."     - Deut. 32:4

Justice in the Bible is a personal and societal issue. We're to "do justice," to strive to make the world more fair, more just for all. We're also to build a society that is just and fair, one that protects the weak and defends the powerless.


If justice is living in harmony with the ways of our God who is just, what are some of the ways that our society is in disharmony with God and justice?

Given the disparity between God's ways and the reality of our world, what does it mean for us to "do justice"?

God of Justice, help us to build a world that reflects your nature. Amen.

Extra Credit:

Jeremiah says that knowing God involves justice:

Are you a king because you compete in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him. He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Is not this to know me? says the Lord.          - Jeremiah 22:15-16

God speaks through Isaiah telling the people that spirituality and justice go hand in hand:

     Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God. “Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?” Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers. Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will not make your voice heard on high.
      Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
     Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.    - Isaiah 58:2-10


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