I believe the church's engagement in both global and local social justice efforts plays a critical role in the world. When it comes to the injustices suffered by people made in the image of God, no one is more offended by it than God himself.
We, the children of God are a representation of him. Our role is to convey to the world that injustice is primarily a gospel issue. God is deeply grieved when image bearers are devalued and treated as less than the way he created them to be. Systemic injustice is the result of sin. Sin that has blinded the hearts of people, preventing them from seeing others as image bearers because of their differences. Or perhaps because of the profit or power that would be lost in rightly valuing them. We live in a society where we have the emergence of countless videos of unarmed black men being killed by police. Women, are still being reduced to objects without voices. Our prison system is greatly flawed and we've grown comfortable with it. Mainly, with how the prison industry animalizes inmates.
In Isaiah 1:17 God commands His people to “learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.” It is our duty, our God given call to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. The church should engage in social issues. These issues were important to God long before our doctrine dared to question their relevance. Let the church be the first to speak, to defend. Let her be the quickest to hear, eager to listen to the neighbors we are called to love. We are to be the example of how justice is addressed, corrected, and upheld in love.