The story part of Justice in the Burbs follows a "typical" evangelical suburban family that over times learns to care for the needy and attempts to live justly. It is a process of learning and caring and understanding that is often met with scorn and rejection. The idea is to help discover how one can live a just life even in the suburbs (which the authors admit they failed at doing). To start our discussions, I think a general introduction to the idea of justice might help us most. So please share your experiences and stories.
1. When you hear the term "justice" what do you think of? What is your reaction to the term "social justice"?
2. In your church tradition were (are) things like helping the poor and the oppressed priorities? Do you spend more time involved in church activities that are for the good of the church (programs, leadership meeting, choir...) or in those that are intended to serve the needy?
3. In your day to day life, do you encounter situations where you must make ethical or "just" decisions? Do you encounter people who are in need of help (in whatever form)?
4. Do you think that Christians should even be involved in bringing "justice" to the world? Why or why not?