Social Justice In The Gospel Of Luke

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Social Justice in the Gospel of Luke
Scott Joseph Tabor
ID/LR 5001 Foundations of Integrative Thought

Social Justice in the Gospel of Luke
When reading through the book of Luke, specifically Luke 4:16-30 social justice comes front and center almost immediately as Jesus is handed a scroll of the book of Isaiah. Jesus, not being one to shy away from teaching, read this book out loud and brought focus to an issue that many of us face today. The question of who is the Gospel for? Who are we as Christians, meant to share the good news with? Socially are we supposed to go outside of our comfort zones to reach those who, the Church or Society has deemed as un-teachable? This is what we will be looking at in this paper.
Who is the Gospel for? As you read through Luke 4:16-30 and get to verse 18 you see the Jesus is reading from the Book of Isaiah, specifically Isaiah 61:1 which says, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners;” (Isaiah 61:1, New American Standard Bible). Jesus very clearly is telling all those who are listening to him in the synagogue that they are too take the message of God out to all people. They are to specifically, teach the Word of God to those who are hurt, who have found themselves in times of trouble. But how does this tie into social justice? First let’s look at what social justice

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