Biblical Social Justice

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In Matthew 19:16-26, Jesus seems to have a stern admonishment for wealthy people:  “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.   Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

But does this verse really say something crucial about the state of our hearts, and about serving the needs of the neediest among us?  Today we’re looking at many verses that show us what Jesus asks of us, the true social justice the Bible speaks of, verses how we as fallen people have distorted it for a different agenda. What is the proper role of the Government and the Church in providing resources to meet needs?  Our guest is political writer Robert Meyer. You can check out his Renew America articles here.

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One Response to Biblical Social Justice

  1. Mr Davis says:

    Not that we can really do anything about where the Government is headed and in the hearts of men there is the idea that somehow we can effect change especially in this country where we have a vote. But the government isn't the problem no matter how evil it gets for it is still the Lord's servant and the time will come for the Lord to destroy it for its wickedness and the people under its authority for their wickedness. In that day none shall save them for all will be laid bear. Psalm 2

    We are not basically good, our prosperity is not because we are a rigtheous people but rather it comes despite our own wickedness in turning away from God. In this country prosperity has become a snare and a religion. Yes it even carries its own name the prosperity gospel, where it actually promotes focussing your attention on your circumstances and the things this world has to offer. This is the exact opposite of Scripture, which teaches us to keep our focus on Christ Jesus and his redemption and look forward to the Kingdom of Heaven where our true home is.

    It seems both the right and left are caught in the trap of prosperity and have lost focus on the Gospel of Christ Jesus who is Lord and will one day judge the Living and the dead.

    But what of the needy then? If you have in your power to help your brother in his need you are provoked by scriptures and the law of Love to help him. When we are taking collections, that is to be for the nessecities of the saints even the global body of Christ if indeed we are a body. We have lost this very care one for another and rather we focus on building temples to glorify ourselves. Both in physical structures and in salaries for those who could work to feed themselves if they so desired so they wouldn't be a burden on the rest of the body of Christ. This is what Paul himself laid down as an example for us to follow after.

    Acts 20:33 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. 34 Yea, ye yourselves know , that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. 35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

    Saints we are not to grow weary in pursuing or doing good, but, it can only come through the Gospel and walking in faith according to the Gospel. Do that and God himself will lift you up. The culture we live in is against the Gospel at every turn and we grown so accustomed to it we don't even see that anymore.

    May God help us and grant us repentance to restore to us our first Love who should be Christ Jesus above all else. All else.

    May God truly cause His true body to knit together in love and compassion for one another. Amen!


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