Radical Christian legal theory, Part 2: Justice for the poor

Thinking about law through a Christian lens means focusing on the poor. “[The Lord] has sent me to preach good news to the poor,” Jesus declares in Luke’s Gospel:

to proclaim release to the prisoners
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to liberate the oppressed,
and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

(Luke 4:18-19) These words not only launched Jesus’s ministry. They defined his mission. The poor, the oppressed, the stranger, and the outcast – the “least of these” (Matt. 25:40) – were closest to Jesus’s heart precisely because they were at the margins of society.

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Radical Christian legal theory, Part 1: Law, Gospel, and foolishness

It’s not often one can say a law review article affected them profoundly. But for me, that’s true of Christian Legal Theory” by the late Harvard scholar William Stuntz.

This post is the first in a series on Stuntz’s article. My goal: to illuminate Stuntz’s ideas for a broader audience, to shed some light on the question that Stuntz poses in his opening sentence: “Why should anyone think about law in Christian terms?

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“Justice is in the hands of the ordinary.”

My friend Matt Parker, co-founder of The Exodus Road, likes to say that “justice is in the hands of the ordinary.”

It’s a simple yet profound message. And in the fight against the human trafficking and modern-day slavery — a tragedy that affects nearly 46 million people worldwide — it’s a message we all need to hear.

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National Briefing Call: Combating Human Trafficking at Large Events

Human trafficking happens 365 days a year, in the United States and around the world. And it spikes during big events like the Super Bowl.

Tomorrow, May 18, at 3:00 pm Eastern / 1:00 pm Mountain, Shared Hope International is hosting a national briefing call on proactive, collaborative approaches to combating human trafficking during large events. The call is for anyone who cares about human trafficking: from general volunteers and community organizers to first responders and law enforcement.

Hear from experts on successes and challenges surrounding the last two Super Bowls. Learn how you can help put an end to human trafficking in your community.

More details on the briefing call are here.  For call-in information, you can contact me.