Our Feel-Good Approach to Social Justice

Quite simply, READ THIS ARTICLE.

For me to say these things (which I have thought for years) would not carry the same weight as someone who actually lives it out. This is eloquent and bold.

I have never understood our mentality in the West for buying one pair of poorly made shoes so another pair of poorly made shoes could be sent another country… when I could have spent HALF that money on another pair of poorly made shoes and sent the other half to a missionary residing in that other country.

I have never understood paying someone to ride a really nice bike across America on some “charity tour” so they could send a small percentage of that donation to relief work in Africa, or Haiti when I could have given them the same amount (or more) to get on a plane to same country.

Same with golf tournaments.

And more.

This paragraph may say it best:

Buying fair-trade coffee, boycotting Gap jeans, and eating only organic vegetarian foods can be important and valuable decisions. They cost time, money, comfort, and an established worldview. But they cannot be the end of our response to the deeply systemic and complex issues that allow human suffering to persist the world over. They don’t require risk.

We need bolder lives. It doesn’t mean getting on a plane to go half way around the world. It may take all the holy unction we have to go across the street and start a friendship with a homosexual neighbor.

We need bolder lives right where we live. 

Social Justice — A Reprise

This is just to irk Glenn Beck again.

Just kidding.

George P Wood has opened up a thread on just what IS social justice? I invite you to take a visit and post your thoughts.

Again, I will not allow Glenn Beck’s narrow view define social justice. Nor will I allow a Mormon to dictate my theology. Just because “social justice” is not used together in the Bible does not mean it does not exist. Trinity is not in the Bible, either, friends. Yet, orthodox Christianity is Trinitarian. Go figure.

We are allowing political debate (and I use THAT term loosely) to feed our anger.

For those who were in our church this past Sunday we caught a window into the true meaning of social justice and it was powerful. Would to God we would all calm down and quit allowing the politics of the day drive us to extremes.

Social Justice

One of things I try to be in life is “an equal opportunity offender.”

In that spirit, I am going to poke the sacred cow of Glenn Beck. I am a Pentecostal pastor who was raised conservative (politically as well as theologically). I am still more conservative politically than liberal, but I have no qualms with calling things out.

On this matter, I am calling out Glenn Beck. He has no idea what he is talking about in the area of “social justice.” Don’t just read the blog. Listen to his words.

So, I am pasting SOCIAL JUSTICE here to make sure you RUN from me (if you are a follower of Glenn Beck)!

Mr. Beck, need I remind you that other useful words aren’t in the Bible? Like TRINITY? (But being a Mormon, I’m not sure if he realizes what that term is, either.)

No code words. SOCIAL JUSTICE.

Follow Jesus. Follow the power of the Word of God. You may need to alert Glenn Beck that you are staying with your church while you make sure the poor are taken care of in your city.

In the words of the First Things blog: “But Beck is a special case: He is too prone to say any dumb thing that pops into his head and too ignorant about history and religion to truly understand the implications of his statement.”