Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Respect Cause and Effect

No, this is not a physics post.

Seeking and valuing social justice is, I would argue, a natural consequence of the gospel. It's an effect, not a cause. It is secondary, not primary. It is derived, not axiomatic.

There is no way to accept the teachings of the New Testament and not be an advocate for social justice. Social justice is more or less the secular expression of the biblical commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. If you love your neighbor as yourself, you would advocate all the rights granted to you by your government to be granted to anyone. You would not take for yourself a right or privilege that was denied to others.

However, some Christians elevate social justice to the level of the gospel--if not supplanting it altogether. It becomes the tail wagging the dog.

From a first reading (maybe I'll change my mind) I'd say this blog by a pastor by the name of John Pavolvitz is representative of this error.

It is possible that I might agree with all or most of his posts and yet still find the blog lacking--in that the true gospel appears to be taking a backseat.

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