I learned of this article and came across this quote within:
any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them …is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Not sure of the original source. google it and i think it just takes you back to this article. still nevertheless and at the same time, i found it an interesting and informative article on a number of fronts. and a good quote.
i travel in circles where there tends to be a lot of back and froth about how much attention Christians and or the Church should be giving to care for the poor and the oppressed. Some just think it is old school “Social Gospel” stuff which they think is washed up marxism. Others see it is merely an extension of the overall mission of the church – maybe a simple outworking and demonstration of gospels transforming power.
The way I see it, well, I am still working out how I see it. I know some may tend to go overboard with it all and many others need to do more. Psalm 146 declares that the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord raises up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous; the Lord protects the foreigner; He supports the fatherless and the widow, and the thwarts the way of the wicked.
These things are all echoed through out the Hebrew Scriptures: the law, the prophets and the writings – the Hebrew Bible bleeds from one page to another with cries of injustice and oppression and cries for freedom and deliverance – the Prophets especially confront it all and proclaim a coming deliverer…
The question might be, well, how does God go about thwarting the way of the wicked, overcoming injustice and oppression bringing freedom and deliverance?
Well, from what I can gather, all this comes through his chosen people, first Israel and now the Church – it is through you, me, and all who are Christians, who have Christ and the Spirit in us who are to go about pursuing the Lord’s cause among the Earth! It is to be done here and there, far and wide, in this place and in that far away place – wherever the Lord should have us or lead us, that is where we are to pursue the causes of the Lord. Pursuing God’s salvation to the ends of the earth (Isa 49:6) involves not just sing people “saved” but also to partner with the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord to fulfill the mission of Christ in Luke 4 (quoting Isa 61): to bring good news to the afflicted; to bind up the brokenhearted; to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners and to proclaim the favor of the Lord!
So I don’t really understand folks to get fired up about opposing acts of (social) justice…