"Lean to do what is good. Seek justice." - Isaiah 1:17
WHY WE DO IT
In today's world, we often hear of the need for social justice.
At Compassionate Counsel, we believe in gospel justice.
WHAT IS GOSPEL JUSTICE?
The truth is there is a vast unmet need for legal services right here in Middle Tennessee.
1 in 5 Tennesseans cannot afford basic legal services.
Tennessee ranks 40th out of the 50 states in access to an attorney.
Number of Tennesseans per attorney: 365
Number of poor Tennesseans per legal aid attorney: 29,412
More than 3,600 people are turned away from legal aid programs every working day in the United States due to a lack of resources.
THIS IS NOT JUST A PROBLEM THAT MUST BE FIXED. IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEMONSTRATE GOD'S LOVE FOR JUSTICE AND FOR THE POOR.
"I know that the Lord upholds the just cause of the poor, justice for the needy."
"Learn to do what is good. Seek justice. Correct the oppressor. Defend the rights of the fatherless. Plead the widow's cause."
"If anyone has this world's goods and sees his brother in need but shuts off his compassion from him - how can God's love reside in him? We must not love in word or speech, but in deed and truth."
1 John 3:17-18
"He has told you men what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: Only to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God."
Meeting tangible needs just like this is a great way to
unlock hearts and meet spiritual needs.
That is a difference between social justice and gospel justice. A goal of social justice is political justice and equality on this earth. The goal of gospel justice is the spread of the Gospel. We strive to meet the immediate needs of people not just to improve their life here, but to point them to the One who came "that they may have life and have it in abundance." - John 10:10