Keshia Mcentire at Relevant illustrates why Christians who love the gospel need to respond with bold, biblical clarity to broader evangelicals’ latest infatuation with the social gospel:
The definition of social justice is, “Justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.” In a just society everyone would receive fair, equitable and impartial treatment and have access to the same outcomes.
Ultimately, our greatest example of how the Church should approach justice is found in the word of God and the teachings of Christ Himself.
James 1:27 states that, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” The thing that sticks out about that verse is the fact that is not all about the bettering of oneself, but also the bettering and protection of the world’s most vulnerable people. Furthermore, in Luke 4:18 Jesus says, “He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Clearly, justice is not only compatible with the gospel, it’s one of the reasons God sent Jesus to the Earth and it is a fundamental aspect of it.