1. Something I have discovered in discussing justice issues is how one's situation affects how one sees justice. Those of us living some version of the "American Dream" in suburbia often have a very different perception of justice than those living under oppressive governments or those living in wealthy countries where the media and the government make a bigger deal about these issues. For example if you are living under a dictator in Central America, the words in scripture about loosing the chains of injustice, releasing the prisoner and bring hope to the oppressed are part of your day to day life. You are the one being oppressed, you desperately desire fair wages, human rights, and basic life needs met. Theologies of liberation appeal to you and are at the forefront of your religious experience. But if you live in a place where the poor are not visible, where stories of injustice go untold, and the church cares more for new buildings than the oppressed, you have no reason to even begin to care. Generally in church you may not ever even hear the scriptures that focus on justice read. So how does one become aware enough to care? Where does the average person in wealthy countries go to become educated on justice issues?
2. How does your view of America (or England, or Australia, or ...) shape your understanding of what it means to live justly? Do your political and economic beliefs sway how you think about justice? Do those views encourage or discourage you from caring for the poor and the oppressed? What about when it is your government that is doing the oppressing?
3. Jemila asked in last weeks discussion, "is it realistic to bring the kingdom of God large scale ... or better to work at bringing alive God's love in my little corner?" Should governments be involved on working for justice? Should we only care about those in the smaller spheres we touch? Can both be done? What are the issues involved in trusting say the government to do the work of God's Kingdom?