The definition of social justice offered by Wikipedia is as follows:
“Social justice is a concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society. This is measured by the explicit and tacit terms for the distribution of wealth, opportunities for personal activity, and social privileges.”
Sounds good, right? Sounds Christian, right? Wolves. Wolves in sheep’s clothing.
The point of this phraseology in our present political climate has nothing to do with taking care of the poor in a practical, helpful way. Rather, the point of social justice so-called, is to empower the government to forcibly take from you in order to give to someone else. The “someone else” will always be of their choosing.
Justice, actual justice, is so important to God that he has #1) appointed a day when he will judge the world in righteousness through Jesus Christ (Acts 17:31). #2) Jesus teaches his people that justice is one of the “weightier provisions of the Law” (Matthew 23:23). Nowhere in scripture, however, does God ever taint actual justice by classifying it as “social”.
We too, should take up the cause of those suffering from poverty or injustice. There are boatloads of God’s teachings compelling us to do such:
Proverbs 14:21 & 31 – “He who is gracious to the needy honors God”
Proverbs 19:17 – “One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord”
Proverbs 31:9 – “(instructions of a mother, to her son, a king) Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy”
Luke 14:13 – “When you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, since they cannot repay you”
Galatians 2:10 – “(James, Peter & John) asked us to remember the poor”
Ephesians 4:28 – “He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need” Being generous to the poor according to the above, is obviously our responsibility as individual Christians. God never intended that this responsibility be surrendered to a government, any government. Not even the shepherds of a congregation of the Lord’s church have the authority to exact money from individual members for redistribution. The devil is wise, and often appears with his ministers as angels of light, according to 2nd Corinthians 11:14-15. Don’t be fooled. Social justice is neither justice, nor good for society.