Pursuing Justice by Ken Wytsma is a book about the biblical implications of social justice. Wytsma does a stellar job of communicating the foundational aspect of God’s heart for justice throughout Scripture and how that should impact the thoughts and actions of believers. While this book is wrought with deep theological discussion and ideas surrounding justice, it is actually very easy to read and called me to attention within the first few pages.
Wytsma’s main premise to the book is that justice is not only important to God, it is one of His core characteristics. Therefore, justice should be something all believers actively seek and invest in. He is very clear in how justice is fundamental to God throughout Scripture, and explains that the same root word for justice in the New Testament (dikaiosunae) is also interchangeable with the word for righteousness – that righteousness and justice are two sides of the same coin.
Wytsma also connects loving God through serving & loving others in Scripture with pursuing justice socially and being a voice for those who can’t defend themselves against atrocities. He specifically addressing the American culture of consumerism and explains how our selfish, individualistic society impedes our empathy for others – which may be a bit harsh in picking on the comfort of America but it’s spot on in my opinion.
In conclusion, I think Wytsma has written a much needed treatise on why justice should be important and how pursuing it is also growing in the perspective from the heart of God. I appreciated his very substantial scriptural reference throughout every chapter and bringing the darkness of injustice to light by framing how it can be redeemed.
Disclosure: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion.