Last week I blogged about the genesis of Justice Network. We had our first major event on Saturday evening. Many loving friends have inquired about how it went. It went so well!
At first I was a little discouraged to see so many empty pews, but then I remembered that our sanctuary holds over 1000 people. In truth, having more than 10 people present would have been a success. But we didn’t have just ten people … or just twenty people … We lost count at 100 heads. One hundred heads created a crowd of vastly diverse ages, wealths, ethnicities and backgrounds. It was beautiful.
That’s 100 people who care enough about human dignity to come to a film showing about trafficking.
That’s 100 people who want to make an impact in the war on slavery.
That’s 100 people who, when working together, are going to change the world.
What I loved most about the night, however, was not the number of heads who sat and watched a very well-made, but rather despicable film — but the number of people who enthusiastically engaged in conversation with the literature and organizations present. We had tables populated by:
- Jesus Loves Jersey
- IJM: International Justice Mission
- Love True
- Restore NYC
- Nomi Network
- NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking
While not all of these organizations are faith-based, we were still able to meet on common ground and further what we believe to be truth. God cares about justice.
Now, many have voiced concerns over the church’s involvement in social justice. I have much to say in response to this. So much that I should spend a few days praying over my words before I publish them. In the meantime, allow me to share this verse. (Again.)
“He has told you, O man, what is good,
and what the Lord really wants from you:
He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful,
and to live obediently before your God.”
– Micah 6:8
Here are some pics of our evening.
To see more photos of the evening, visit the Justice Network facebook page.
To explore upcoming events, visit the Justice Network website.