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What is Social Justice?

For the last few days over on my Facebook page we have been discussing Social Justice. Of course this all came about because one entertainer mentioned that Churches that speak about social justice are Communists and Nazis.

So what is this concept of Social Justice? One thing to keep in mind. This concept of Social Justice is as old as the church itself.

Acts 2:44-45

All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one's need.

Okay so from the start the church members had all things in common. But what is at the heart of Social Justice? Very simply it is the command from Jesus to Love your neighbor! This is what we will be judged on, how we loved each other and cared for each other.

A second point is that in my mind Christian Social Justice has little or nothing to do with the Government. I agree that welfare has a place but it should not be a lifestyle. Welfare is a hand up not a hand out. Yes, sometimes we need to give out bread to stop the hunger but Christian Social Justice is all about teaching the people how to fish not just giving them a fish. It is investing in Sustainable Community Development and this takes years.

It is nice to go to a place like Haiti or Chile after an earthquake and work, but real social justice is working for real change, not just economic but a real change in men's hearts! The system that causes injustice can only be changed by changing men's hearts and that change only comes with conversion to Christ.

The entertainer that I spoke of at the start of this piece belongs to the Mormon Church. Now I do not know much about Mormons but I do know they have a strong sense of Social Justice. Here is a quote I found from a simple Google Search:

LDS scripture and prophetic teaching speak out strongly for social justice: for peace, equality, democracy, human rights, and wise stewardship of the earth’s resources. Latter-day Saints are enjoined to “plead the cause of the poor and the needy” (D&C 124:75) and to work towards a society in which “there [are] no poor among[us]” (Moses 7:18). We are challenged to “renounce war and proclaim peace” (D&C 98:16). The Book of Mormon teaches that “there should be an equality among all” (Mosiah 27:3) and calls us to stand against racism, gender inequity, and injustice on the principle that “black and white, bond and free, male and female;...all are alike unto God” (2 Nephi 26:33). The scriptures commend democracy, constitutional law, and human rights (Mosiah 29:26; D&C 98:5; D&C 101:77), while speaking harshly against inequity, exploitation, oppression, and violence (2 Nephi 20:1-2; 3 Nephi 24:5; D&C 38:26; Moses 8:28). Scripture teaches us that we are stewards of the earth and its resources, which should be used “with judgment, not to excess” (D&C 59:20).

This is a pretty strong and clear statement. So I guess this person will be leaving their church as well!

The bottom line is Social Justice, from a Christian point of view begins with change, real change, change of the heart! That change can only come from Jesus Christ, plain and simple!
 

Comments

  • bluto 4 years ago

    Nobody provides for the needy better than the Mormons.
    I suggest you make a trip to SLC, and visit Welfare Square.
    A program which allows people to keep their dignity, while working through tough times.

    Without a "Centralized Government" approach, the Mormons get it done.

    The term, Social Justice, as used currently, is a Progressive, Socialist Utopia, which has been tried over and over and failed.
    Because, it takes away mans agency to do good.

    Charity is not charity if it takes the fruits from one, by force (government), to give to another. That builds nobody's charachter.

    This is left better to Church's and Charities. And not put in the hands of faceless bureaucrats.

    The Savior taught us to be self-reliant and to cloth the naked and feed the hungry. He taught us to teach others how to fish rather than to just be handed a fish dinner. Forget that one?

    That is the Mormons approach to Social Justice. Not a Progressive-Socialist Utoipia run by corrupt polititions.

  • DarqueStar 4 years ago

    So basically Bluto you are agreeing with Father Preble is saying? Not sure why you're getting so worked up about it. I cringe every time Glenn Beck opens his mouth and it's getting harder and harder to reconcile that we are members of the same church, bearers of the same priesthood.

  • Bot 4 years ago

    Darquestar forgets that for charity to be beneficial to the giver and receiver it must be freely given, not at the point of a gun or the government reaching into your pocket. There's no building of character in the giver nor the receiver of such a draconian scheme.

    In the U.S. we give ten times as much as the Europeans. Obama wants us to mimick the Europeans

  • East Coaster 4 years ago

    Marion G. Romney would endorse Glenn Beck's version of charity and reject Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, and Father Pfleger's versions of "charity".

  • Paula 4 years ago

    Thank you. Clearly, "social justice" is defined and practiced in various ways by most Christians, all seeking to follow Christ. Seldom do the churches mention government. How have people concluded that people who preach charitable acts and deed are political people or are socialists or nazis? Was the church at Jerusalem (in the book of Acts) socialist? By some reckoning they might have been -- but not the kind of socialist that Beck is railing against.

  • Chris 4 years ago

    I've listen to some of Glenn Beck's show, and I agree with much of what he says. What you're describing in my opinion is charity not social justice. Justice implies payment, or righting a wrong, something you are legally bond to satisfy. I don't see anything justifiable in redistribution of wealth, but that is a totally different subject. Calling charity, social justice I think is a misuse of the word and trying to intermingle them is wrong. But "you say to-may-toe and I say to-ma-toe."

  • Chris 4 years ago

    I've listen to some of Glenn Beck's show, and I agree with much of what he says. What you're describing in my opinion is charity not social justice. Justice implies payment, or righting a wrong, something you are legally bond to satisfy. I don't see anything justifiable in redistribution of wealth, but that is a totally different subject. Calling charity, social justice I think is a misuse of the word and trying to intermingle them is wrong. But "you say to-may-toe and I say to-ma-toe."

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