Contribution to Book
As young people become aware of injustices, their response tends to be one of either getting fired up or overwhelmed to the point of burnout. There is a third way. They may need guidance to pursue a better response, recognizing it requires much more than a quick fix. This third way identifies social injustice and goes beyond the symptoms to root causes and systemic processes. Giving a dollar to a homeless person might do some good, but young people should expand their understanding and practice by asking systemic “Why?” questions. Because of the prevalence of injustice in our world, exposure to multiple needs calls for wise guides and mentors who will engage with young people in a spiritual formation that includes the call a righteous/just God shares with them to replace injustice with shalom.
Real. Deal. Heal. Gen Z and Social Issues
The 180° Symposium
Case, Steve, "On Fire or Burned Out? Involving Young People in Social Issues" (2021). 180 Symposium Publications. 5.
Posed with permission, Center for Youth Evangelism at Andrews University