What Does the Bible Say About Social Justice?


From Dr. Voddie Baucham out of a sermon on 2 Timothy 4:1-8: “If the social justice movement went by its actual name, young Christians would not have been lured into it. Because the social justice movement is actually Cultural Marxism. There’s no such thing as ‘social justice,’ people. In fact, in the Bible, justice never has an adjective. There’s justice and there’s injustice, but there’s not different kinds of justice.”

Social justice is an ambiguous term, but it’s never social nor justice. People are put into different constituencies and everyone argues over who’s privileged and who’s not and who’s to blame and who owes whom. Not considered are the millions of unborn children slaughtered by abortion. So social justice is less about loving people and more about pushing a particular narrative.

The world will always be an unjust place because it’s full of unjust people. Only God is just. “His work is perfect for all His ways are justice” (Deuteronomy 32:4) and He will judge the unjust. How can we survive His righteous judgment? Repent and believe in Jesus, and you will be saved. All have sinned against God, but you are justified by His grace through faith in Christ (Romans 3:23-24).

Jesus left His throne in heaven, became a man without privilege, and lived a sinless life on our behalf. He died on a cross to pay for our sins, and He gives His righteousness to those who follow Him. So God is both “just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26).

The message of social justice this: “You owe me, and I deserve to be compensated!” The message of the gospel is this: “You deserve death, ‘but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord'” (Romans 6:23), when we understand the text.

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