Updated: Mar 9
WHY THE CHURCH IS LOST ON SOCIAL JUSTICE
REVIEW: Justice: Remember the word “justice” in Hebrew actually means judgement, or right/equal judgement based on a predetermined set of rules or guidelines. The Bible is very clear on justice. 1. We learn God’s commands and we obey them because He is the only source of true unbiased judgement. 2. Justice acts on behalf of the oppressed not against the oppressor 3. Justice looks like acting on behalf of the widow, the orphan, the poor, or the physical weak or sick. 4. Justice also includes being fair or making judgements equitably. Injustice: Injustice in Hebrew literally reads “no make/create judgement”. The Biblical concept of injustice really boils down to two simple things: 1. Rejecting God’s commands 2. Attempting to create proper judgement based on our own guidelines and rules instead of God’s.
Biblical Response to Injustice:
In the previous post we discussed how the Bible helps us understand the proper response to injustice when we encounter it. We must always seek YHVH's instruction and guidance when attempting to recognize and respond to injustice. 1. Do Not Join In 2. We act toward the oppressed instead of the oppressor
3. It is not our job to seek vengeance
In this blog post we will look at a practical example from a personal conversation I personally participated in. Using this example we will evaluate the positions being taken and if they fit the Biblical guidelines that have been explored so far in this series. Before we get rolling I want to offer a few strategies when listening to and watching some of these comments and actions. This is not an attack on specific people, but an exploration of what is being said or done, and how we discern what is happening and how we are supposed to respond Biblically. It is important 1. Hang up your emotions and take them off the table. That doesn’t mean not to show empathy, love, or concern but when you allow yourself to get angry, frustrated, or hurt by something you may see or hear then it automatically puts you at a disadvantage to interpret a situation Biblically. The Bible tells us that human anger does not lead to righteousness, our emotions more often lead us astray rather than to truth. Do not allow your emotions to be the reason why someone cannot receive Biblical truth from you or why you can't hear and respond Biblically to their observations or concerns.
2. Trust the Bible has your answer. The great thing that Christians have at our disposal for handling difficult societal and personal situations is the eternal truth of the Word of God. Use it, be confident in what it teaches us, and ask the Holy Spirit to teach and guide you as you pursue truth in the Word of God. YHVH promises He will reveal Himself to those who seek Him with all their heart, mind, and strength, so seek Him and you will always find Him to be faithful.
3. Your opinion doesn’t matter, neither does secular advice. This is an extension of the previous point, but offering opinions isn't going to get us anywhere. Truth is truth and it doesn’t depend on you or me or on the society in which we live. Truth is found in only one place, in the Scriptures and instructions given to us by a good and holy God who is eternal just and righteous, YHVH.
Example: "We're Tired of Forgiving"
The section of this discussion I am using is directly from a personal chat conversation I had with someone about race. I have attempted to highlight a segment that stands alone and requires no additional context to understand the point being made. We will explore the ideas being communicated then try and understand them through the lens of Scripture. Take time to read through the graphics below.
Some key points are being made here:
Current anger (referring to vandalism, violence, and arson) from victims of racial injustice is a result of being tired of forgiving.
Non-victims see the injustice and don't respond or blame the victim for the results.
"We" (victims) don't deserve unjust treatment.
People (white people) will wake to the truth that Jesus is black (reference to the tribe of Judah)
People will reject Jesus/Yeshua once they realize He is black, because they are racists.