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October 27, 2018

What’s Christian Social Justice?

10 Responses to What’s Christian Social Justice?

  1. William says:

    What liberal Christian social justice advocates seem to miss is the fact that they’re often aligned with the enemy —- that is, liberal secular movements that are out to destroy orthodox Christianity or render it irrelevant as they pick and choose highly selective pop cultural issues on which to focus their attention by using strategies actually stolen from historic Christian ethics.

  2. Ray says:

    I think that we can get so involved in social justice that we for get to tell the story of the gospel. Also, what one Christian thinks is a social justice concern another Christian doesn’t.

  3. Evan Spencer says:

    I suppose we are left to guess that there is a promise inherent in focusing on the poor. That marriage, the plight of the unborn, sexual ethics, and the respect needed for law enforcement at home, and for the protection afforded by the military abroad will magically all reform if we focus all of our attention on the plight of the poor and other pet liberal causes. I’m afraid that such a belief in the eradication of poverty while laudable, has no basis in reality for being self-sustaining, and leaves us vulnerable to creating more poverty. For if marriage disintegrates and children are raised with values void of virtue, this would include yhe creation of more truancy, for the simple truth that the children no longer respect their parents, and this leads to disrespect for both teacher, police officer, businessmen, the elderly, the society and God himself.
    Focusing on the eradication of poverty is only good when we realize that ignoring other areas of social justice will bring you back to even worst poverty being reestablished with a vengeance, and a host of other problems caused by ignoring the universality of human depravity.
    I suppose the greatest problem we face is not tackling problems from a moral perspective, with society’s movements today not being undergirded by the moral authority borrowed from its churches and synagogues.

    • William says:

      From a historic perspective, there is little material poverty in America. My grandparents survived real material poverty while raising seven children during the Great Depression, only to see their sons go off to WWII, and NEVER accepted the first handout. In fact, they helped others when possible. They considered accepting welfare an insult. The one thing that sustained them and guided them to not consider themselves in poverty was their abiding faith in God. Therefore, spiritual poverty can be a far bigger problem than material poverty.

  4. Ron Gaskins says:


    “Therefore, spiritual poverty can be a far bigger problem than material poverty.”

    This is so well said.

    … and then there is the mistaken focus on Utopianism from the political left … so often looked to first and foremost before Scripture is considered.

  5. Dan says:

    Excellent article! Two points; first, in the Old Testament it specifically says to not show partiality either to the rich or the poor, but to treat all equally. This would negate the social justice virtue signalling of elevating the “least of these” as these so-called social justice warriors define them, and simultaneously deriding the “deplorables,” many of whom are more charitable in their giving than the aforementioned social justice warriors.

    Second, article 13 of the Anglican 39 Articles of Religion states that “… Works done before the grace of Christ, and the Inspiration of his Spirit, are not pleasant to God, forasmuch as they spring not of faith in Jesus Christ; neither do they make men meet to receive grace, or (as the School-authors say)
    deserve grace of congruity: yea rather, for that they are not done as God hath willed and commanded them to be
    done, we doubt not but they have the nature of sin.”

    Interestingly Wesley chose fit to omit this article from his Methodist articles of religion. I don’t know why, but it seems a rather important one to omit.

  6. Jeremy says:

    The problem is that “social justice” is not JUST. It’s biased toward a perceived oppressed group, while at the same time biased AGAINST a perceived privileged group. Justice demands equality, but social justice — as it is currently expressed — demands partiality.

    Social justice that is truly just recognizes (if you’ll pardon the cliche) that two wrongs don’t make a right. In relieving the oppressed, you cannot legitimately oppress someone else by obligating them to your cause without their consent. Social justice that is truly just will have compassion for BOTH the recipient AND the provider.

  7. betsy says:

    Having spent a lot of time listening to the social justice warriors within the United Methodist Church I came to realize they have a very scary black and white mentality: a person is either a victim or a privileged oppressor. All the mercy is heaped on the designated victim and all the justice/accountability is heaped on the designated oppressor. Furthermore, all it takes to be categorized as an oppressor is to disagree with their take on a particular situation.

  8. Maybe social justice would not be focussed on the things they are focussed on ( Christian left speaking) if the Religious conservative right focused on such “injustice” in the first place. Conservatism still has the oppression of Black citizens during the Civil rights movement of the 60’s more than 50 years ago. Their unwavering reluctance to admit the enslaving of 70 million people from their language and identities in Slavery 300 years ago. Not to mention, their claim that they ” Love everyone ” regardless of their gender or orientation, yet their silence when LGBT+ citizens are attacked or killed violently is deafening. Preserving human life must take precedent as Christian believers I agree,but if a woman “chooses” to abort her unborn child, that is her choice. She must live with the consequences. Yes, all should be treated fairly under the law, but why is it the privileged are never held to account for their abuse of that privilege. If the near collapse of the Global economy that took place in 2008 and the subsequent prosecutions of many of them who made a mint at the expense of the American public (& that happened under a Conservative Christian President’s watch at the time), I do not know how much more “injustice ” you can find than that. As for Christian social justice, sharing Christ’s love and his ability to change lives is how this can be achieved. The aim and objective is to show people that Jesus Christ is the source of All change for all people, regardless of Status, gender, orientation, and social background. If not focussing on the injustice that our fellow Christian brothers and sisters are facing around the world is a lacking part on the social justice activists, then example should be taken from the Jehovah’s Witnesses movement which has over 500 “civil rights ” cases around the world , taking a silent yet effective fight to social oppression everywhere.

  9. Tony Heine says:

    Well stated, Mark.

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