Social Mission

Heather Arkwright
September 29, 2011

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Heather Arkwright

“Social Mission.”  That’s what Jack Jezreel of JustFAITH ministries uses to describe social justice.  Indeed, I had never thought about social justice issues in this way before.  I, like most people I’m sure, separated social justice, which is largely political, and the idea of mission and faith. But the more I think about it, the phrase “social mission” combines two very simple words and makes one new important meaning.

Mission has always been a meaningful word to me.  It means being in careful stewardship and attentive to the needs of our fellow brothers and sisters around the world.  Mission is a way to live out your life, and striving to be in a constant state of mission is the goal.  The idea of combining social justice issues, which have an underlying theme of mission already, with faith, creates a whole new realm of possibilities.  To me, it means not just simply trying to change the structures that are in place to help those less fortunate, but changing the ideology of what it means to help others; and that’s to be in mission.  To not only be passionate but also faithful.  To not just help someone else better their situation, but to better myself in the process.

To me, the idea of social mission means a cyclical cycle.  It comes full circle.  It means a constant state of evolving.  The subtle infusion of faith into politics in a way that changes people’s lives and the way we think as a society.  Social justice and faith should not be separated.  They are integral working parts of each other.

So what I got out of the heads of Washington inter-faith meeting today in which Jack Jezreel spoke about JustFAITH Ministries was a new philosophy.  A new way to live my life; in a constant state of social mission.