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Event Recap: The Front Porch – #JustGospel17 Conference

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The #JustGospel17 Conference that was sponsored by The Front Porch brought Christians from all over the world from London and Colombia to Atlanta, GA for a weekend of great insight and conviction.

The just nature of God and His Gospel was the central theme of the conference. DJ Wade-O and the team traveled down to not only keep the crowd rockin’ in between sessions but to make sure you didn’t miss out on all the good info conveyed. In most basic terms, it focused on this question: If Christians are supposed to be God’s chosen and redeemed people on Earth to be known and to do His work, why is there so much darkness that goes unredeemed and untouched by us?

Through the lens of a Christian, justice can be defined as restoring and protecting the dignifying rights of God’s image bearers. If all humans are God’s image bearers, this makes bringing forth justice integral work to all Christians who’ve ever been the recipient of mercy from God.

Here are some of the most resonating points people noted throughout the conference:


The opening session by Mika Edmonson & Darryl Williamson gave us a proper Theological framework for viewing justice through scripture on the topics above.

 


Pastor Thabiti expanded further on the Gospel framework for justice Biblically by claiming the Bible’s centrality to a Christian pursuit of justice. Nearly all of the truths explored throughout the conference pushed listeners to be deeper and more critical readers of the Word as we saw God’s heart for justice.


The above quote from Mika Edmonson speaks pretty clearly for itself.


Activist Michelle Higgins challenged Christians paradigm of engagement in the panel on Christians being involved in secular social justice movements. Here, she provided a Biblical orientation of humility in our leadership through a primary disposition of listening and serving.


Michelle gives us more convicting heat in this statement. Christians should be the utmost sensitive to the suffering of others. We gravely misstep by allowing disagreements to turn us to a place of indifference to one another. Our common humanity is what should compel us to fight for justice for the marginalized, not our common perspectives.

 


Zakiya Jackson highlighted that education injustice is reflected in under-resourced schools receiving inadequate funds. What makes this a moral decision is the dismal realities that children with fewer resources will have to be subjected to by such willful financial decisions


In “Revisiting the Mission of the Church”, Leonce Crump taught us that because racism isn’t just about prejudice ideologies but is also rooted in structures that prohibit access, it’s important to invest holistically. Through the story of Zacchaeus, Leonce teaches us that reconciliation requires defrauded parties to be made whole, not just an apology. Properly engaging privilege requires utilizing your privilege to create opportunities for those who don’t have that access.


In the session focusing on the Black Church, we learned that the Black Church was born out of exclusion from White churches and the resilience and faithfulness Black Christians exhibited in not letting that stop their worship. Moreover, the same type of exclusions exists today when Black Christians still need further validation by disowning elements of their Blackness. This is not only injustice, but a form of legalism that illustrates why the Black Church is still needed.


The panel on women’s voices on issues of justice was one of the conference’s most powerful discussions. As concerns of being alienated, subjected to woes of purity culture, not being effectively discipled and engaged, as well as the Church’s inability to uproot misogyny were voiced, we listened attentively. As the tweet above explains, there’s a broad problem of not including women’s voices; which is one element of the lack of creating space, amplifying voice and developing skills in the Church for women.


Brian Dye emphasizes the proximate and incarnate nature of loving our neighbor. He even warns that this will come at a cost as he states that “We need Christians who love their neighbor more than they love their own safety and comfort.”


As Lecrae noted here, the conference was characterized by realness. We hope this recap could give you some snippet of that. You can catch the videos from the #JustGospel17 Conference on The Front Porch’s Youtube page.

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Terrance Moore is a recent Harvard graduate from Louisiana with a passion for the reconciliation of Christ, culture, and community. His brand of #LivinBeinMoore promotes a lifestyle of fullness through being prayerful, purposeful & practical. He is a cultural activist, speaker, and budding social entrepreneur working on impacting the hiphop industry and broader culture through creative enterprise. Follow Terrance @LivinBeinMoore.

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