Twisted Tuesday – Justice Socialized: Reparations

Last week, dear ones, we began a new series on the Social Justice movement. In the introduction, which you can read here, I listed some imperative definitions for this discussion. If you’ve not yet read it, I would suggest you start there first. Today we’re going to be talking about the roots of this movement as it pertains to the church. While the political end of this movement is concerning, it’s not my main concern. My deepening fear is that this movement has so well branded itself as one seeking to right wrongs that believers jump on the band wagon and sign the dotted line before reading the fine print. This is still a Twisted Tuesday, so we’re going to address this as we work through verses they use out of context. Today, it’s Isaiah 1:17.

Isaiah 1:17
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I’m actually surprised that this would be a verse used by the self labeled Social Justice Warriors, as they in no way intend on aiding orphans or widows. They just enjoy the word justice being involved in this text. In Isaiah 1:17 the noun translated as justice here, and translated as judgement in other translations, is mishpat. Mishpat is a masculine noun meaning to pronounce a verdict judicially. What we need to decide here is whether or not the meaning of injustice to God is the same as it is to the SJW’s. Likewise, is the means of justice the same? If these two are not the same, then this verse is not being used in proper context when quoted by those in the SJ movement.

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Throughout the next few weeks I’m going to show why these two points are not in agreement with Scripture, using the verses they take out of context. Today I offer you, as evidence that Gods idea of injustice and justice are not the same, the idea of reparations. Reparations, in and of itself, is not bad. If I take your hat, it’s appropriate for me to be forced to give you back your hat and make amends for the time and effort you spent searching for the hat. If that was what SJW’s were asking, they’d be inline with Scripture. Instead, they are asking individuals to pay other individuals for acts that may or may not have taken place within their ancestral lineage. Reparations are not only considered financially, but also emotionally. You must feel bad for having been born a different color then someone else.

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Not only does this unbiblically separate us from one another based on the amount of melanin in our skin, it also requires certain believers to pay for something they did not do. That is, in and of itself, injustice in Gods eyes, not justice (Duet. 24:16, Ezekiel 18:19-20). This shows, clearly, that the SJ movement is misusing Gods Word, calling what is good, evil, and what is evil, good. Unfortunately, the church often desires the adoration of the world, and jumps at opportunities to join worldly pursuits guised as morally good.

This is a dangerous movement taking over churches of both liberal and conservative persuasion. Once in, it breeds disunity between brothers in Christ by separating them into groups of with differing victim status. They use Critical Race Theory to do so, which we will be discussing next week. I ask that you would please pray for me, beloved, as I write about this topic. The reading material for this series is deeply troubling. I also ask, friends, that you would pray for the leadership in your churches so that they will stand firm against this infiltration. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Justice Socialized: Introduction

While the title of this new series, beloved, is meant as a play-on-words the topic is very serious. The infiltration of Social Justice within doctrinally sound churches has been as shocking as it is sobering. While it’s long been preached from liberal pulpits, and many pragmatic teachers had adopted the language, it was those whose Biblical stands in the past had been uncompromising, which I was surprised to see using this language. Due to this, and the sinfully hate-filled push back on social media from those who call themselves Social Justice Warriors as well as professing Christians, I’m going to spend a few Twisted Tuesday’s talking about the subject. Unfortunately, this movement does indeed twist Scripture.

This is not surprising, as socialists throughout the 20th century often used Gods Word to justify themselves. Never in proper context, of course, but frequently mingled in with other quotes you’d hear varies Verses twisted in. I’ve discussed Social Justice in the past, warning about the dangers therein. However, it was brief, as I had assumed the movement would be utterly rejected by believers. Since then, it has been accepted by many hook, line, and sinker. It brought along all of its friends, as well, and now troubles the youth of our churches, who already face a myriad of evolutionary, and societal push back at school.

This is, per my usual series style, just an introduction. However, I wanted to, in the very least, give some definitions and an urgent warning. First, the latter. Beloved, do not ignore this. Address it. Even if it’s never been mentioned in your church, address it. Refute it, before it can even make headway. You might not, yet, hear it taught in the pulpit, in group meetings, or Sunday school, but those brothers and sisters your sitting next to are hearing it everywhere. They may not even realize what they’re hearing is Social Justice jargon. Perhaps some of their favorite preachers and teachers to listen to during the week are slipping, or down right diving, into this ditch. It might be subtle, but once the dam breaks rerouting the flood is very difficult. If you’ve not already done so, discuss this with your teens, and preteens, and youth groups.

What is Social Justice? The dictionary defines it in this way “justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.” Currently, this is viewed through the lenses of Critical Race Theory. The definition of CRT, or Critical Race Theory, is “the view that race, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, is socially constructed and that race, as a socially constructed concept, functions as a means to maintain the interests of the white population that constructed it.” Along side SJ, or Social Justice, and CRT, is the idea of reparations. This is defines as “the making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged.” When you put these three points together, you end up with groups, or sections, which brings us to the last definition I want to give, intersectionality. Webster’s defines this term like this “the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups“.

I know that’s a lot of information to take in, and that this is going to be a very difficult, and frustrating topic to address. Please, bare with me over the next few weeks as we flesh this out together. It’s imperative that we are all aware of this movement, which is no longer creeping its way into churches, but making a full on attack. It’s a dangerously divisive movement, which purposefully sets groups against one another. If the left and right leg won’t go in the same direction, the body goes nowhere. We must hold to unity with believers, regardless of race, sex, or class. We are one body, in Christ. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

A Shift Towards Charity

Hello dear friends, I hope this post finds you all doing well! As you all know, Friday is my day to weigh in on certain topics that don’t seem to fit into the rest of the days of the week. Today I’d like to discuss charity, and the importance of believers using Biblical language rather than worldly. As many of you are aware, there’s a lot of discussion within churches about social justice. There are two questions I want to ask in regards to this phrase 1. Is it a Biblical principle? And 2. Is it a Gospel issue?

Social justice is a phrase that was actually coined in the mid 19th Century by Jesuit priest Luigi Taparelli. The ideas had been around long before, however it was this individual who popularized the phrase we see used today. The idea is that everyone should have an equal outcome, although that’s an oversimplification. Is that Biblical? Do we see everyone in Scripture having equality? No, not even during the early church, where we see Paul collecting for poorer believers. All throughout the Bible, Old and New Testaments, we see that God gives individual trials and blessings, as we see in Job. This is why it’s important for believers to use Biblical terminology, rather than worldly phrases. The Bible tells us to be charitable, and that has majorly different applications and implications.

The main difference is the willingness to give, with charity being a choice to care for one another based on your resource availability. Social justice is applied through taxation, or coercion and guilt. The implications are also different, while the implications of charity is the spreading of the Gospel, Social Justice’ implication is disunity between the two groups of givers and takers. Which should answer my second question, Social Justice is not a Gospel issue. Neither is charity. Charity is something that comes from a grateful heart which has been saved, adopted, sanctified, and justified.

The church is missing an unbelievably awesome opportunity to share the Gospel. Every time a sinner uses the word Justice our ears should perk up, our hearts should warm, and our Bibles should open. This is another easy segue into the Gospel. What better chance do we get to share the Law than when justice is being demanded? We can help the lost see that they do not want justice, they do not want what they deserve. Rather, the mercy of God on their souls, with a Savior who died in our place, paying the sin debt we owed to a God whom we have dishonored, blasphemed, mocked, and ignored. Instead of giving the Gospel, which will actually create change in a culture and community, many churches are adapting Social Justice into their messages in an effort to appeal to the masses. This is the direct result of entertaining goats, while starving sheep.

Beloved, we’re going to give an account for every idle word that comes from our mouths. Let us, therefore, be more careful to use Biblical language and avoid compromising with worldly notions, theories, and ideas. Test everything against the Scripture, including the SJ&G document which you can read here if you haven’t read it yet. We also need to be careful that our hearts do not grow embittered toward one another if we find ourselves on differing sides of this discussion. Love must always be the guiding principle of born again believers, not politics, and certainly not pride. Guard your hearts, and your mouths, dear ones. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.