This sudden popularity of global justice has caught some older evangelicals off guard. They are concerned that the under-40 crowd is abandoning conservative theology in favor of a social gospel often associated with Mainline and liberal denominations. What they fail to realize is that my generation is not rejecting orthodoxy. We are rejecting the false dichotomy that the American church has perpetuated for the last century. We refuse to believe that the gospel is either social or spiritual, eternal or temporal. Earlier generations of evangelicals were more interested in saving souls than seeking justice because a cup of cold water would be little comfort in the flames of hell. But my generation cannot shake the global perspective imprinted on our minds from our childhoods. The gospel, we believe, must have relevance for this world and not simply the next.I chafe when I hear people try to separate the Gospel of God's Kingdom from a responsibility to bring about change here in this world. One mention of Social Justice can rain down such derogatory accusations of being "Liberal!" or "Social Gospel!" Being concerned about social issues is a biblical mandate. We are called to care for the poor, the fatherless, and the widow. Our concern is not limited to these three; these are just examples from the culture of the biblical writers and represent our need to care for those who are hurting and broken.
June 7, 2010
Social Justice and My Generation
I love this quote from Skye Jethani