Sunday, May 16, 2010

Social Justice

Tyson has a dynamite, must-read post on social justice in the Bible, and its applicability to us today. If you're a Christian on the political right, I encourage you to wrestle with it. It's easy to say that these issues should be dealt with by us as individuals rather than by our governments, but that could just as easily be used as an excuse to avoid doing the right thing. Tyson also links to this post on another blog which addresses similar issues. You might also want to read a couple of essays by Christian political philosopher J. Budziszewski, entitled The Problem With Liberalism and The Problem With Conservativism.

1 comment:

Tyson said...

Hi Jim,

Thank you for the kind words. This is a tremendously important issue for me. While I believe that our main focus as Christians should always be on Jesus, and admit that there is no political or governmental solution to sin and its effects, I also believe that Christians are commanded by God to advocate on behalf of vulnerable groups in society.

I actually tried to stay away from specific applications in my essay. I think Christians can agree to disagree about how to best apply the call to social justice in the Bible. However, I don't think we can ignore or even disdain the issue simply because political liberals also embrace social justice.

God bless you!