You may have attended one of the virtual rallies recently. Electrified words about moral revival and racial equality linger powerfully in the air all around you. Throughout the speeches, the possibilities of freedom and change resonate in your spirit. Tired, but hopeful, you watch the marchers brandish their signs. Excitement makes your heart flutter in your chest. Your passion is kindled to fight against racism and injustice. Solidarity is key – 140M+ are poor or low-income. You desire to stand with them. A policy change is in order! Power to the people is long overdue! What is it, again, that the Lord requires of us? You want to make a difference this time around, but you don’t know how to do it.
Nevertheless, you realize on some level that a modification in the narrative will not be enough in isolation. Meaningful change must likewise involve a transformation in you. You sense that, in addition to the macro-level policy shifts in political high places, a fundamental reconstitution must occur in the way you think about and feel and understand the issues if momentum toward freedom is going to be sustained. Maybe it’s your season to stir things up from the inside out, time to change the system by changing yourself. Knowing Justice, Knowing Peace will help you turn your passion and outrage into action. It will give you permission to honestly express your thoughts and feelings as you spend time in private with God. Engaging in the daily disciplines of journaling and prayer will empower you to grapple with the hard issues as you seek a way forward that works for you.
Structure of the Diary
This diary provides a structured format based on adult learning theory to facilitate your self-awareness of systemic racism and injustice in America. Scripture and photographs, along with your own reflections on news of the day, evoke a prayer response. Daily devotion using a diary can serve as a scaffold as you work to resolve areas of dissonance and move towards personal transformation.
Karl Barth once made the statement: “Take your Bible and your newspaper and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.” I add to that; read your daily newspaper (or newsfeed or other news sources, since newspapers are rare formats these days) through the lens of your Bible. But process the events with prayer. “Justice in the News,” asks you to concentrate on events of the day. Recall a recent justice-focused incident you’ve heard or read about in the news, something that may have disoriented you at the time. Space is provided for you to organize your thoughts and summarize the account. This helps you engage in further analysis. “Searching the Mind, Changing the Heart,” encourages you to examine the nature of your beliefs, values, commitments, and associated conduct.