Social Justice? • Are Christians to be social? Yes! Lk.10:29• to live in companionship with others or in a community, rather than in isolation • Act 2:44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. • We are the body of Christ, the family of God, Band of Brothers • Gen 4:9 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?" Justice? • Mic 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? • How many kinds of Justice are there? • Why is it “social justice” and not Justice? • Col 3:25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality. Lk.6:31 I declare • “We hold these truths to be selfevident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” USA • “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” Marx • Equal start or equal results? Woe to those who call evil good and good evil • George Orwell; Political language—and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists—is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. • John Adams stated: “Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, function, and division of society.” What’s the Difference? • “Social justice” is often a euphemism for socialism justice or Gov’t control and often isn’t justice at all, but injustice! • Affirmative action? Quotas and preferences, not best qualified! • Abortion – fair for who? The innocent? • “Living wage” – Chicago teachers $68k • Slavery reparations? Euphemisms • A euphemism is a vague expression that is used to conceal a harsh reality • “Affirmative Action” – 1. Racial preferences 2. Reverse Discrimination • “Alternative Lifestyle” - 1. Homosexuality 2. Perversion • “Anti-Choice” – Pro-Life • “Choice”, “Reproductive Rights” – Abortion • “Death with Dignity” - 1. Euthanasia 2. Assisted Suicide Euphemisms • “Contributions”, “Investments”, “Fair Share”, “Economic Patriotism” – Taxes • “Emergency contraception” – Abortion • “Man Caused Disaster” - Terrorist act • “Undocumented Worker” – Illegal Alien • Homeless or Disadvantaged – Bums • Extreme right wing fundamentalists, homophobes – principled and passionate nonviolent conservatives • Planned Parenthood? Sincere liberals vs. Hypocrisy • I respect those who really sacrifice and serve, however why are we listening to hypocritical “liberal” millionaires? • “Liberal” supporter - Denise Rich Renounces U.S. Citizenship, Will Save Tens Of Millions • Obama cabinet tax dodgers and his own tax return! Obama 2000-20006 never offered more than six percent of his income to charity. Twice he gave less than 1% of his earnings. Obama Tax returns, 2008 $855,000 6.5% Charity his hunger drives him • We Conservative Christians are willing to affirm true justice in society! • However, are Liberals willing to address widespread corruption of welfare, Medicare…laziness…!! The Bible does! • 2Th 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. • Pro 16:26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on. NIV True Religion • Jam 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. • 1Ti 5:3 Honor widows who are truly widows; not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband… • Ruth and Naomi – Gleaning the fields “this could have been given to the poor." • Mat 26:8 “And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, "Why this waste? For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor." • Mat 26:11 For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. • Jhn 12:6 He (Judas) said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. What about Spiritual justice? • 2Cr 8:13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness • 2Cr 8:14 your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. • Should non tithers have same voice as those who sacrificially give? • Should we expect spiritual justice!! God expects… • Mt.25:35-46 ‘the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' • Mat 25:15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. (God didn’t give equally, expected same percentage of return; 100%!) • God expects a tithe from all income groups Greed and Generosity are not income specific • Mar 12:42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. • 1Ti 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. • Jam 4:1 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? Was Jesus a Socialist? • How many times did he feed the hungry? • What did he say about those who ate? • Jhn 6:26 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.” • Did He heal all the sick? Why did He heal? • Jhn 9:1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. I came not to… • Mar 2:16-17 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, "Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?" And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners." “Christian” “Idolatry” • Ever inverse the 1st and 2nd Commandments? Ever love men above God? Glory of self? • Do you give to Charities or Ministries? • Give a man a fish – feed him for a day, • Teach a man to fish – feed him for a lifetime, • Introduce him to the Fisher of men and He can live abundantly and Eternally!! Never substitute a smaller cross for the blood stained one! Jer 8:11-12 They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. "Peace, peace," they say, when there is no peace. Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? Suffering is the symptom, Sin is the Disease! Only Jesus can cure our greatest problem – preach the gospel! There’s a Difference! • Between Gov’t and the Church! Godless Bureaucracy compared to godly and personal relationships! Strict guidelines. • Forced taxation and true “charity” 1 Cor.13, Motives are everything! • Rewarding the unproductive or not paying any tax (contributing) and punishing the risk takers and inventors • Welfare and gleaning (workfare) We all know about the… • Greedy Capitalists and arrogant rich! • Welfare cheats and abusers • Couple who got divorced to get more gov’t $ and a second trailer • Christians abusing extended unemployment, sickness, injury… • Exorbitant costs of healthcare to cover the non paying http://www.fairfoundation.org Is this Social Justice? Preferential allocations for diseases largely contracted through ungodly behavior? What is justice or fair? • Churches buying victims out of slavery, human trafficking • Missionary stopping me from giving $ to mangled gypsy child • Red Cross in Haiti refusing to unload relief ships • US aid redistributed after Pacific Tsunami as from al Qaeda • Local couple needing a hotel for the night Fair? • Preexisting conditions? Can we do that for life insurance too? • Mayor Street stopping live stop program b/c poor can’t afford insurance • Is it fair to foreigner who follows the rule of law and there’s no room for him? • Please give us exact numbers of what is fair! Income tax, Immigrants… • Why do some lawbreakers get full Soc. Sec. benefits when those paying in for years get nothing? Before it’s too late • First they came for the rich, and I did not speak out because I was not rich, • Then they confiscated owners of properties, and I did not speak out because I did not own property. • Then they took away our right to bear arms, but I didn't speak out because I didn't have guns. • Then they came for me and denied me my freedom of speech and religion, and there was no one left to speak for me,” Christian Idolatry?! • Many seek to reverse the curse of Sin on man’s terms! Cure all disease, change men’s hearts, no one hungry or homeless… • Many seek a premature attempt to usher in the Millennial Kingdom without the King! They will hate His rule and revolt in time! Rev.20, Ps.2 • Many are distracted with a lesser good in place of our higher calling! Exaltation, Edification, Evangelism! Euphemisms • Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said that a good catchword can stop thought for 50 years. • T.S. Eliot said, long ago: "Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm -- but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves." Islam = Social Justice • However, Robert F. Shedinger, a professor at Iowa’s Luther College, has a different argument. He thinks Jesus was actually…a Muslim. Yes, really. In fact, he wrote a book explaining all about it: • Got that? According to Shedinger, Islam is a “social justice movement,” not a religion, and since Christ supposedly supported “social justice,” that makes him a Muslim. To quote him, “I came to the conclusion that [Islam] was a social justice movement and I think that’s who Jesus was in the first century so I conclude Jesus is more like a Muslim.” Facts on Social Justice • Nearly four out of ten children overall and seven out of ten black children are born to unmarried women. These children are seven times more likely to experience poverty • Roughly 80 percent of all long-term poverty occurs in single-parent homes • From 1965 to 1995, the unwed birth rate quadrupled, from under 8 percent to 32 percent. (National Vital Statistics Report 2000) Facts on Social Justice • Divorce and unwed childbearing costs U.S. taxpayers $112 billion each year. • Within three years of their release, 67.5 percent of former prisoners are rearrested and 46.9 percent are reconvicted. • Within 10 years of the 1996 welfare reform, caseloads shrunk by more than half, the employment of single mothers surged upward, and 1.6 million fewer American children were living in poverty. Facts on Social Justice • Compared with those who rarely or never attend religious services, individuals who attend nearly once a week or more are 25 percent more likely to donate to charity and 23 percent more likely to volunteer • Since launching the War on Poverty in 1965, government has spent $15.9 trillion on means-tested welfare programs.