Goodbye Jericho Road: Justice, Morality, and the Gospel According to Jesus

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Above is a sermon I preached at chapel for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on August 28, 2018 from the text 1 Kings 21.  You can find an excerpt of the sermon below.

Elijah stands and says God hears and God knows what has been done to this man. That is a theme that goes on over and over and over and over in scripture. God will say to his people: You don’t hear the cries of the orphans; but their redeemer is strong, and he hears them. You don’t hear the cries of those who are being plowed under with their faces ground into the ground as Isaiah puts it, but God hears them (Is. 3:15). And as we live, caring about our mission of the church, there is always going to be the pressure to make certain people invisible to us: the unborn, the elderly person who is shut in, the orphans, the widows, the poor, that woman who is being trafficked, or that woman who is being assaulted or abused. The scripture says that if we are the people who are being governed and directed by the word of God, then we care about what Jesus cares about, and we care about who Jesus cares about. Who is our neighbor?

We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.