Community Builders: Talk Sparkers about Social Justice

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Choose from these questions and sentence completions to get young people talking about social issues

  • Describe a time when you felt like a victim of racial, social, or religious prejudice. What’s a Christian’s responsibility in these situations?
  • Agree or disagree: “Christianity and politics don’t mix.” Defend your answer.
  • If you knew your favourite product (e.g. Nike Shoes) was made through child labour or sweatshops would it stop you using it? Why/why not?
  • Should Christian faith and social justice go hand in hand? How might the two greatest commandments (Mark 12:28-30) help answer this question?
  • If you were president of the United States, what’s one thing you’d try to change in the world? How can you help bring about these changes without being president?
  • Agree or disagree: “Minorities in N.Z. deserve preferred treatment today because of the mistreatment they received in the past.” Defend your answer.
  • Which area of injustice upsets you the most: racism; corruption, child slavery/prostitution; poverty; abuse; war; bullying; prejudice; other? What would you like to see done about it?

Use these scriptures to enrich your discussions about social issues: Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 4:16-21; Micah 6:8; 1 John 3:17-18, James 2:14-17.

Adapted from a resource by Mike and Amy Nappa on www.youthministry.com