Why Social Justice is Not Biblical Justice (A Review)

There is a real divide in America today. A much bigger divide than their used to be. I miss the conversations I used to have with friends who saw the world in a different way and were willing to let me hear from their experiences and engage in constructive dialogue. I genuinely believe that those conversations helped me see a side of things I had never seen before and pray that my side of the conversation helped my friends as well. I hope to have those sort of conversations again and maybe this book can be a starting point for some construtive dialogue.

The church has always stood for justice. Obviously, not perfectly at every place and every time. But she has always stood for justice. Perhaps that is why so many of my friends in the Christian/ protestant/ evangelical camp (pick your descriptor) have so easily embraced social justice. We care about these issues! Yet, the approach that has been termed social justice is not rooted in a theology of biblical justice. It’s rooted in a humanistic worldview and it is pushing towards a cultural confrontation in which there doesn’t seem to be a peaceful resolution.

That’s why, Why Social Justice is Not Biblical Justice is a much needed book for our moment. Author Scott David Allen does an excellent job of demonstrating the differenced between social justice and biblical justice. He writes not just to critique what is often called social justice, but to compare it to a biblical worldview. He does a thorough job of bringing voices of individuals on all sides of the issue to the fore front to let them speak for themselves, often quoting at length. He exposes the essential worldview at work in social justice and critiques it from a biblical worldview. He is not afraid to call out the names of individuals who he believes have compromised their biblical integrity by either forsaking justice all together, or trying to hold in tension social justice and biblical justice (which he argues can’t be done).

If you are looking for a book to help put everything in a biblical perspective, this book is helpful. It was extremely helpful for me and it is a book that I plan on passing along to friends and others who have wrestled through the challenges of social justice. I’m currently reading books from a Christian perspective on all sides of the justice issue. I’ve ordered several from different backgrounds and perspectives. If you have a book that you think would be a good read or recommend on the topic of Justice from a Christian perspective, feel free to comment and let me know. (Our culture is shifting and that might not be a completely bad thing in a lot of ways, but we need to have real and honest conversations not just complaints we offer up on social media.

Day 47: 1 Corinthians 1-3 (NEW TESTAMENT 90)

Today’s reading comes from 1 Corinthians 1-3 follow the link provided here to read the ESV online.

Is Christ divided (1:13a)? Why are His people so often divided? Sometimes we have following the ways of a man rather than following Christ (1:12)! We have made an idol out of the wisdom of men instead of the power of God (2:5). Paul warns the church in Corinth and he warns us today… don’t be divided (1:10)!

I have to catch myself. Sometimes it can be tempting to think that if we just develop the right strategy, more people will come to faith in Christ. We can chase program after program looking for the right one. I think that if I can just make myself more appealing it will bring a better harvest. The thing we really need the most, is not a polished man made philosophy, but the power of God!

I’m glad that Paul knew he didn’t have anything to offer but the gospel. I am grateful that he was weak by the world’s standards (2:1-5). It gives me hope to know that God uses weak men (1:27). Because I pray that He uses me.

Side Note: I am confident that power in the pulpit is directly related to prayer in the pews.Where we are unified, God is glorified.  I am extremely grateful for those who pray for me every week! I am really humbled by today’s reading. It’s a great way to start a Sunday! Let’s be focused on looking for the power of God to reveal Himself through His Word!

FATHER, We pray for the unity of your church today! We pray that our focus would be on you and not a man made philosophy or the way we think things ought to be. We don’t look for worldly wisdom, we look for you. We need spiritual discernment. Examine our hearts. Humble us. Draw us to faith and repentance. Make us more and more into the image of Jesus. We pray for salvation and faith today. Thank you for the calling to lead your people. We lift our voice and ask for the advancement of your kingdom! IN JESUS NAME, AMEN.

What did you take away from today’s reading? What are your thoughts or questions? Feel free to comment below and enter the discussion.

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