By: John Pierce
Many U.S. Christians measure their righteousness by a narrow list that reflects their political inclinations and personal piety, yet the Bible's overwhelming message of justice for the oppressed has been missed.
By: Larry Eubanks
Many folks equate righteousness with sinlessness. But righteousness is tied more closely to innocence and aligns with our treatment of the poor, the powerless, the foreigner, even the sick.
By: Jim Kelsey
Every Christmas, Joseph gets short shrift. But like Mary, Joseph was an extraordinary human being used by God to usher in a new chapter in God's pursuit of us.
By: Christopher B. Harbin
Jesus called us to righteousness, but we've since changed the definition. We've adapted it to following of a specific code that has more to do with cultural norms than what is truly right. Jesus calls for justice.
By: Rupen Das
What does righteous mean? The average church member likely associates it with being blameless or holy. Righteous can also be understood as an obligation in the context of our social relationships.
By: Rod Benson
The principle of the common good is prominent in Catholic social teaching but not often articulated in Baptist ethical thought and praxis. It seeks to protect a community against the excesses of despotism and individualism.
By: Zach Dawes
Jesus paints a portrait of God's dream for the world and calls us to shape our lives accordingly. When we follow this not-yet-materialized dream, we are often persecuted by those who don't understand it.
Jesus’ baptism symbolized his willingness to embrace a journey which God himself would make if He walked among us, which helps us better understand why he was given that name, Immanuel. At his baptism, Jesus offered God all his time, talents, resources and influence to be used to advance His kingdom and make earth more like heaven. As he yielded to the water in the Jordan and let it envelope him, so he yielded to the will of God and let it guide him.
By: Larry Greenfield
Before Jesus' baptism, John the Baptist spoke about bearing fruit. And what fruit should our baptism produce? The start of our pursuit for righteousness and justice.
Coming roughly 12 days after Christmas, Epiphany Sunday reminds us that the darkness will not yield easily to the manifestation of a new order. Each of us must seek the light of God's justice.
When a nation allows a few to have way too much while many have insufficient resources or barely enough, God's blessing and protection goes away and judgment follows. It's the biblical pattern.
Many folks consider themselves righteous if they're upright, pure and above approach, but there's another meaning to the word that they miss. It involves a desire for justice.
Advent season is about hoping and waiting for someone who will end the age of injustice and make things right in our lives. So despite the fact that Advent season contains none of the festive atmosphere of Christmastime, there is good news in it.
If you truly hunger and thirst after righteousness, it's because you recognize its absence in your life. And that drives you to work for justice when you see it absent elsewhere.
Have you ever been afraid of doing the right thing for the wrong reason? Put another way, your outward behavior was the right choice, but inwardly you made that choice for reasons that were less than completely noble.