What Does the Lord Require? Justice as a Primary Form of Worship

This paper will seek to establish the practice of doing justice as a proper form of Christian worship that is both acceptable and pleasing to God. When looking at the scope of the Biblical narrative we see that not only is the practice of justice a proper form within the corporate gathering of God’s people, but it is also the basis upon which other forms of worship are to be evaluated and judged. Taking an overview of the Old Testament and highlighting the continuity between the law, prophets, and the writings, we turn to specific examples in the New Testament. Of note, we will highlight the content of Jesus’ criticisms of the temple practices as well as two specific examples from the early church from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians and as well as the book of James. The paper will argue that any subsequent liturgical forms of Christian worship that do not have a delineated emphasis on the corporate practice of justice should be seen as deficient means of spiritual formation and discipleship. It will further seek to compare Biblical justice with any notions of modern-day social justice while exploring some practical possibilities for application within present-day evangelical worship contexts.

3 thoughts on “What Does the Lord Require? Justice as a Primary Form of Worship”

  1. Important Topic (but lacking research literature)
    It seems like he’s on the right track with this, and I’d be interested to hear how he deals with the NT passages (with relevance for today).

    The weakness I see is a lack of references to research literature.

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  2. Strong Topic, Great Title, Weak Proposal
    I would be happy including a paper on this topic, but not this one. Additionally, his statement that “any subsequent liturgical forms of Christian worship that do not have a delineated emphasis on the corporate practice of justice should be seen as deficient means of spiritual formation and discipleship.” seems to me to be wholly unsupported.

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