Charity and Justice [MS]
To get the most out of this session, which includes a pre-activity Bible Study, Game/Debrief, and a Personal Reflection on what was covered, we recommend 2-2.5 continuous hours (plus set-up time). There is also a portion after the debrief where we encourage more personal learning and reflection, that should take about an hour. However this last part does not need to be done in the same session and can be completed as homework. Of course, if you wish to do all 3 sections together (Bible Study, Game/Debrief, Personal Reflection), the format is set up to be completed in a half-day workshop in about 3-3.5 hours.
If it is not possible to block out 2-2.5 hours, we recommend separating out the Bible study at the beginning to do as its own study time, but keeping the game and debrief together. The game and debrief can be completed in 1.5 hours if the group is pressed for time, though we would recommend more time for better discussion if it is possible.
This session aims to teach participants the difference between systematic approaches to ending the injustices that cause poverty (social justice), and individual approaches to address poverty (charity). The session will explore the Biblical basis for living out the gospel through both “word and deed” (Colossians 3:17).
The Rok Kern program is designed around the dual aims of encouraging participants to think about what big picture actions they can take to make a difference in Cambodia (social justice) and what responses they can make to specific individuals (charity).
- Highlight the difference between charity (as a personal solution to a problem) and social justice (as a systematic solution to a problem)
- Discuss the value of both approaches, recognising that both are necessary
- Identify the roles that people can play in both systems
- Discuss biblical responses to justice and charity