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June 28th 2018
I receive regular emails from Change.org, as do many of you I’m sure. One email last week particularly tugged at my heart strings. It is the story of 63 year-old Ali* who is in detention on Nauru dying of lung cancer with just months to live. The medical facilities on Narau are ill equipped to support someone like Ali who needs around-the-clock palliative care. His supporters are asking that he be permitted to enter Australia so that he might die with some dignity and comfort. If he was returned to his home country, he’d face the very real risk of being persecuted, being part of the Hazaran minority.
A young Christian author who I came across recently, Jaquelle Crowe, writes with real passion and clarity for this generation. Crowe who hails from east Canada is author of the book, “This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years”. She states that Generation Z has a problem: essentially we’re imbalanced. For many young Christians, she believes their focus has drifted dangerously away from gospel-centered to humanitarian-centered. Social justice has become our god.”
 
“When you pit justice and gospel against each other, you miss the point of the Bible and devalue God’s heart for both.”
 
But not surprisingly, Crowe goes a step farther. She says we need to make the gospel our priority, because only a right understanding of the human predicament before heaven will power our passion for justice on earth. “If we want to live out justice the way God commands and celebrates,” Crowe says, “we must prioritise the gospel. If we truly want to see human flourishing and reduce global suffering, we need to deal with the biggest problem humanity faces: sin and death.” YES! This girl gets it.
 
Ever since the slipup by our first parents in Eden, the human family has been attempting to come to terms with justice and injustice. There was one man though who came to sort it out once and for all – Jesus Christ. He took all the injustices of the entire world on himself that as we accept Him by faith we might be truly free to “do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8. That’s the gospel, justice and awesome good news all wrapped up in One!
 
Crowe sums it up better than I ever could, “If Generation Z Christians [and every other generation for that matter] really want to change the world, we need to live like Jesus, love like Jesus, and serve like Jesus. And if we want to make a difference for eternity, then we too must take action—to prioritize the gospel as we pursue justice.”
 
*Ali is a patronym – to protect his family

Philip Hyland
VicYouth Director





 
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