Social Justice

The Place To Begin When Learning About Social Justice

"The book of Proverbs is about training the mind in order to live a God-honoring life, for right living follows right thinking. It exists so the reader can 'know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight' which will equip him to excel 'in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity' (v. 2-3)." - Challies

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Critical theory is not biblical justice, it locates evil in the wrong place: Tim Keller explains

"There have never been stronger calls for justice than those we are hearing today. But seldom do those issuing the calls acknowledge that currently there are competing visions of justice, often at sharp variance, and that none of them have achieved anything like a cultural consensus, not even in a single country like the U.S." - Keller

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What the apparent shift from the New Atheism to the Social Justice Movement means for apologetics

"If the social justice movement has replaced New Atheism, that means one of the major tasks of apologists in the coming decade will be to seek to address the arguments of the social justice movement. One of the first steps in adequately answering an argument is to understand it." - Ben Edwards

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Orphans, Widows, the Poor ... and Justice

God wants His people to live a certain way. To act a certain way. To have certain honest motivations. He wants His people to love one another, and to prove it by their actions.

The fruit of real salvation is moral and spiritual reformation, because you love God. You don’t “clean yourself up” to gain favor with God; that’s not possible. Instead, because God has already changed your heart and mind and given you spiritual life, you reform your life with His help. Part of that means you love your fellow believers.

Well-meaning Christians often cite biblical commands to care for the poor, the widows and orphans, and try to apply these to mercy ministries. Douglas Moo, a conservative commentator, is representative of this trend when he applies one of these passages (James 1:27) in a generic way to society at large. He implies James is issuing a call to mercy ministries in the context of evangelism:1

Christians whose religion is pure will imitate their Father by intervening to help the helpless. Those who suffer from want in the third world, in the inner city; those who are unemployed and penniless; those who are inadequately represented in government or in law—these are the people who should see abundant evidence of Christians’ ‘pure religion’.

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