Find Your Prophetic Voice

First steps you can take to learn to speak out against injustice
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1. Reach out to diverse church leaders.

Find faith leaders of different ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and political parties. Invite leaders in your area to lunch. Don't just ask questions about race, politics, or economics. Develop a friendship with them. Over time, your relationship will develop to a point where you can speak about these challenging issues.

2. Hire a multicultural staff.

If you have the ability, emphasize hiring people from diverse backgrounds. Then really listen to them and use their ideas. It’s not enough just to have them present at the table.

3. Acknowledge when injustices have happened.

Condemn injustice—even when you don't have all the answers. It's okay to say that you don't want to offend anyone, but say something. Take a moment in church services to reflect and lament.

4. Hear from diverse speakers.

Invite people from different backgrounds to speak at your church. Be sure you ask them to speak about more than just diversity and race issues.

5. Partner with others.

Connect with non-profit organizations or parachurch ministries in your area to find out what they are doing in the area of justice and ask how you can help.

These are just a few ways to help you find and use your prophetic voice. As you get to know people and hear their stories, you’ll gain a fuller picture of the need for justice. The world is waiting. Will you speak up?

Carmille Akandeis a follower of Jesus, mother of a prince, and attorney. Carmille blogs, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarmilleAkande.

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