Earlier this week an opinion editor for the Dallas Morning News emailed me and asked if would be willing to write an Op-ed explaining why I signed the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel. My first instinct was to politely decline the request, for a few reasons:
- I was not involved with writing the statement, and so I cannot speak for those who did.
- I cannot speak for any of the other signers.
- This is a sort of internal debate among Evangelicals, and I do not think unbelievers would understand all of the nuances of what the statement addresses or what I would say in its defense.
However, as I thought about it more, I realized that at very least this was a great opportunity for me to present the gospel in a public forum.
My original title was, “The Gospel Is the Answer to All Injustice,” which they changed. They also took out the Bible references I had listed in parentheses after many of the statements and a few more things, but they mostly left the content intact.