Justice Awakening: How You and Your Church Can Help End Human TraffickingEddie ByunInterVarsity Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback$7.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Joel Yoon5 Stars Out Of 5The Most Informative, Accessible, and Practical Book for the Church in Fighting Against Modern-Day SlaveryOctober 14, 2014Joel YoonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Just reading the reviews for this book will give you a small glimpse into how important this book will be for this generation. We must understand that the evil that is present in this generation is just as wicked, if not more, than any generation before. 30 million in slavery today! It's just not as blatantly in your face. And so, Eddie Byun poses a very powerful question: "We honor people like them [abolitionists of the past] because they fought for freedom. But what if it were happening today? What if you lived in their time period? What would you do? Stand by and do nothing, or join them in their fight? (p149)" We assume that if we were living in their time period, we would have been fighting for the freedom of the slaves, but the reality of our choices are evident today. The slave epidemic is greater than ever before. He asks not what would you have done, but what will you do in fighting for the freedom of the slave in your generation. Very powerful and convicting!
I like to give the believer and the church the benefit of the doubt. I don't think the believer or the church is apathetic to the plight of the slave. (I hope I am not wrong!) I believe for many believers, their understanding of the gospel is incomplete, their understanding of God's heart of justice is lacking, and they simply do not know how to engage in this battle. And so Eddie Byun, in this book, helps the believer and the church overcome these hurdles.
In chapters 1 and 2, Eddie Byun does a phenomenal job of laying out a biblical theology of justice. However, it's not boring or riddled with complex theological concepts, but it is very easy to read for any pastor or believer. I especially enjoyed chapter 2, "Where is the Justice of God?" It is rich in gospel-driven, God-centered, Christ-motivated justice theology. This chapter will open the eyes and warm the heart of the believer.
In chapter 3, you will understand the reality of the evil that we live in. For many of us, we are simply just not aware of how horrible and how prevalent modern-day slavery is. Once someone understands the world that we will in, he WILL be asking how he can engage in this battle.
Chapter 4 defends the role of the church in the fight for freedom. I particularly appreciated how though Eddie Byun has a huge heart to fight against modern-day slavery, that his justice initiatives are secondary to the mission of the church to proclaim the gospel. He does a wonderful job helping the believer and the church understand the role of justice in gospel ministry. He guards against truncating the gospel and against the social gospel. So good and so blessing.
Lastly, chapter 5 will give you a practical guide in how to get your church involved in this fight. This chapter is so practical and so helpful. And by the way, did I say that it was practical? This chapter will be very helpful for many pastors. They may have a heart for this issue, but may not know how to engage in this battle. Eddie Byun lays out a template for any church to modify for their own ministry.
This is a MUST READ for EVERY PASTOR and BELIEVER. As J.I. Packer has written about this book, it is a "prophetic call to the church to move realistically to counter it. God give us ears to hear Eddie Byun's word for our times (p. 192)." Buy this book and buy one more for your pastor! Let's see the church rise up and truly love our neighbor!
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