Speak Up for Justice

Journal of Christian NursingWe live in a perilous world where people are sick and depressed, the elderly are abused, and the mentally ill are ignored.  Yet God’s people are called to “Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:9).

How do we have the compassion, much less the energy, to do the exhausting work of speaking out for those who cannot speak for themselves? This question is addressed by Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner’s free editorial in the Journal of Christian Nursing, January-March 2014. Other featured articles in JCN explore how nurses are in a prime position to identify, assess, manage and prevent abuse of the elderly, mentally ill or vulnerable patients.

“Some of these articles hit a personal nerve,” Kathy says. “As Christians, we are told to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, but it’s not easy.” Kathy recently took a fresh look at the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) where Jesus teaches on God’s standards for living and offers profound insight into how we can live rightly and bring justice to others.

“As we put God first, study the Bible, and obey his directives, we are empowered through God’s Spirit to do his work in the world,” Kathy writes. Read Kathy’s full editorial, “Justice: Speak Out for Others.”

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