Beyond Social Justice: Living Out Our Christian Worldview in Faithfulness and Truth

by Timothy D Padgett

A few years ago, I was part of a ministry where we had a catch-phrase about the Christian Worldview, and it’s stuck with me ever since. Each time we held public event, we would begin by declaring, “Since Christianity is true, it has something to say about all of life.” There are no non-religious parts of this world, no safe-space where Christ’s rule is exempt, no area where we can simply live neutrally, by our own human-contrived rules.

Is it social justice or “Social Justice”?

In the recent dust-up over the place of social justice in the church, a lot of clarity could come from defining our terms, a point others have made. The problem isn’t social justice but “Social Justice.” The one is an inevitable and necessary consequence of living out the Christian Worldview, drawing on deep roots in Christian history; the other is a narrow and often partisan ideology of rather more recent origin. In a classic case of baby-and-bathwater, we’d be fools if we rejected the one for fear of the other. We’d be just as daft if we embraced the other thinking it was identical to the one.

There’s been a lot of fuss lately among Christians about this…
 

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