We've asked 114 leaders from 11 ministry spheres about evangelical priorities for the next 50 years. Here's what they said about international justice.
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has called evangelicals the "new internationalists" for their advocacy on behalf of various human rights causes, from sex trafficking to religious freedom to genocide. In the next 50 years, international injustice will demand even more from the new internationalists.
That's because it is mighty hard to fight the systemic causes of global injustice. Evangelicals still need to learn how to "address the suffering of the poor that comes from violencethe epidemics of slavery, police abuse, sexual violence, land seizures, illegal detention, and other forms of violent abuse and oppression that plague the lives of the poor." So says Gary Haugen, who founded International Justice Mission in 1996 to do just that. Money and prayer go a long way, but complex, systemic, long-term problems require complex, systemic, long-term solutions.
One such solution is educationa degree in fields like international law, political science, international relations, or criminal justice from a well-reputed school. If evangelicals are to make a difference in this arena, more and more of them need to earn a diploma in one of these fields.
Another issue that is beginning to grab evangelical attention is fair trade. With the increasing awareness of what a "flat world" does to wages, for instance, it's only going to become more of an issue. Among others, the retail chain Ten Thousand Villages and the Pura Vida coffee company do their part to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor by providing living wages to adequately compensate artisans and coffee growers. ...1
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