Wrong/Right: a series about justice for teenagers

Screenshot 2018-04-02 11.41.16.png

There are injustices all around us. We see injustice in big ways, in small ways, in the world around us, and in our own experiences. I tend to see them in technicolor more often than I'd like. Being alert to the wrongs of our world is challenging, but being empowered to do something about it is everything. 

That's why I was incredibly excited to write this series, "Wrong/Right", for middle school and high school students and the Stuff You Can Use gang. Teenagers are some of the best people on the planet to identify injustice and what's wrong in this world. The news is often highlighting ways teenagers are pointing our society to a more just way of life together. 

As I wrote this series, I wanted to write so leaders and teenagers alike would respond in Jesus’ name to injustice by working to right the wrongs they encounter in their lives, their world, and even in their own hearts. It was important to me that we look at injustice through a holistic lens. Justice is such a giant topic and we surely don't cover it all, but I believe it will open the eyes of students toward how they can use their voice, privilege, and passion to make the world a better place. Here's what we dive into these 4 weeks...


Justice is hugely important to God, but it's not always easy to know what justice looks like. This week, you'll help students see how Jesus fought for justice and how He invites us to do the same. 


Joseph's life was a testament to God's faithfulness in the midst of difficulty. This week, you'll challenge students to consider how the justice of God can transform our response to the injustices we face. 


If there is anyone in Scripture who has been the victim of terrible injustice, it's Jesus. This week, you'll encourage students to respond to one of Jesus' most challenging teachings: the importance of forgiving our enemies. 


Jesus' definition of "blessed" was pretty different from our definition today. This week, you'll help students see that, in God's Kingdom, being blessed isn't connected to your possessions but to whether or not you are fighting for justice on behalf of others. 

This 4-week series is just the tip of the awesome iceberg with the Grow Curriculum. It's packed with series that help students form a positive identity, find belonging, and uncover their uniqueness in the world. If you are looking for a solid, customizable curriculum for your student ministries, check out the Grow Curriculum. If you have any questions, holler at me or the book people at Stuff You Can Use. It's solid stuff. I'm a fan.

With You ... Post-Election Commitments

We belong to one another other.

To those who find themselves on the outside of the white evangelical church, I weep with you. 
To my brothers and sisters of color - and my children - I stand with you. 
To my fellow women, I fight with you.
To my LGBT friends, I value you.
To my friends of different religions, I respect you. 
To my immigrant friends - and our children - I welcome you. 
To family and friends with disabilities, I celebrate who you are. 
To all the misfits who feel "other", I grieve and lament with you.

We belong to each other.

I am with you and will do my part to use my privilege and knowledge to bring the Kingdom more on earth as it is in heaven. When much is given, much is required. Therefore, I will use the much I've been given to the best of my ability for your sake, for all our sake.

I am as committed as ever to stand in the gap of the marginalized, the historically unheard and undervalued brothers and sisters of our world. My voice and my vote will be with you because when you suffer we all suffer.

Brian and I are committed to learn, grow, and be changed by the voices of the oppressed. We are committed to be Kingdom citizens and global citizens second over national patriots. This world is not our home, and yet we will also do what we can so the world reflects the world Jesus described in the Sermon on the Mount.  

I'm committed to weep with those who weep, to empathize with others' pain, and to not use unhelpful spiritual language to try and convince you that your pain is somehow exaggerated or not real. I will honor your grief, knowing that anger is a very necessary part of the healing process. 

I recommit to be a person of faith, hope, and love, knowing that love will triumph and win the day. I'm so very committed to finding little lights in the midst of darkness. I'm committed to announcing God's new mercies every morning because this is the day he has made we can - and will! - have joy. I'm committed not to fall into despair over what seems so very real and dangerous right now. I will choose hope.

Finally, but most importantly, I am committed to raise our three children to first follow Jesus wholehearted because I believe the God of Scripture is ultimately LOVE and despises injustice in all forms - racism, sexism, xenophobia, and more. Then, in the name of Jesus, we are committed to raise our children to be freedom fighters in this world. 

We belong to one another. 

I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.


April L. Diaz

April has been a visionary activist her entire life. She has made it her mission to lead high performing teams and develop leaders in the margins of society while caring for our bodies, mind, and spirit. Secretly, she’s a mix of a total girly girl and a tomboy, and is still crazy about her high school sweetheart, Brian. Together, they co-parent 3 fabulous kiddos and live in Orange County, CA.

Black as Sin? Part 2

Black as Sin? Part 2

As African-Americans, we have learned to deal with subtle forms of racism or at the very least, our invisible status. We have to because it is ever present from the day we become conscious of race. We have learned to look past micro-aggressions and see the heart of our friends. We have learned to assume the best about the white people in our lives.

Read More