Thursday, November 9, 2017
What Does the Bible Say About Social Justice?
From a sermon by Dr. Voddie Baucham: "If the social justice movement went by its actual name, young Christians would not have been lured into it. Because the social justice movement is actually Cultural Marxism. There's no such thing as 'social justice,' people. In fact, in the Bible, justice never has an adjective. There's justice and there's injustice, but there's not different kinds of justice."
The term "social justice" is an argument for the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges in a society. Sometimes that argument turns loud and violent, though many have good intentions when they speak of "social justice," a desire for the common good. But who gets to decide what the common good is, and who carries it out?
God is the one who defines what is just and what is unjust. "His work is perfect for all His ways are justice" (Deuteronomy 32:4). Our works are not good. Why is there in injustice in the world? Because it's full of unjust people (Romans 3:12). So what has a just God told us to do? He said preach the gospel to all nations, baptize, and teach them (Matthew 28:19-20).
That is the mission of His church. Those who have been changed by His Spirit will do good works -- the works God defines as good (Ephesians 2:10, Titus 2:14, Hebrews 10:24) -- but works are not the gospel. You cannot change the world. Only God changes hearts, which He does through the gospel.
"All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:23-24). That is the message of justice we should announce, so that all who hear it might be forgiven their sins and will not fall under the righteous judgment of God. He is both "just and the Justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus" (Romans 3:26) when we understand the text.