This teaching resonates strongly with me:
Reminds me of Lynn Stringfellow’s post on Social Justice.
Does God call us to take care of the poor and the outcast? Certainly! In fact, we are being unfaithful if this is something we ignore.
But let me ask another question: if I help people overcome their hunger, addiction, or affliction, but ignore any attempt to lead them to Christ and they die outside of Him, have I helped them in an ultimate sense?
If this question peaks your interest, please check out this post by Lynn Stringfellow and join in the discussion to follow – it will be an important one.
Have you heard about this?
On his daily radio and television shows last week, Fox News personality Glenn Beck set out to convince his audience that “social justice,” the term many Christian churches use to describe their efforts to address poverty and human rights, is a “code word” for communism and Nazism. Beck urged Christians to discuss the term with their priests and to leave their churches if leaders would not reconsider their emphasis on social justice.
“I’m begging you, your right to religion and freedom to exercise religion and read all of the passages of the Bible as you want to read them and as your church wants to preach them . . . are going to come under the ropes in the next year. If it lasts that long it will be the next year. I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!”
Later, Beck held up cards, one with a hammer and sickle and other with a swastika. “Communists are on the left, and the Nazis are on the right. That’s what people say. But they both subscribe to one philosophy, and they flew one banner. . . . But on each banner, read the words, here in America: ‘social justice.’ They talked about economic justice, rights of the workers, redistribution of wealth, and surprisingly, democracy.”
Dear Mr. Beck – with all due respect, this was an incredibly idiotic thing to say, and even more so to actually believe.
Does Acts 2:42-47 look like Communism to you? If so, then I’m happy to be a Communist. Do all the Bible passages that allude to the early followers of Jesus’ work and concern with the poor wreak of Nazism to you? If so, then I’m happy to be a Nazi.
Do you realize that “social justice” is defined differently depending on who you talk to? That the term “economic justice” means different things to different people, viewpoints varying widely from church to church and member to member?
Your comments were irresponsible and stupid.
Neither the American political machine (regardless of your chosen brand) nor Democracy is God – Jesus is. He cares for the poor and the outcast, and He’s shaking His head at you right now.
Thanks to @seanpalmer for bringing this to my attention.