Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. (Isaiah 1:17 ESV)
In the wake of the horrific murder of George Floyd on television, we have seen activists take to the streets in the form of protesting, and the mention of social injustice in a popularized chant, “No Justice, No Peace,” among other avenues.
First, let’s take a look at what social justice means and involves before moving forward in this much-needed discussion. Wikipedia defines social justice as “a concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society, as measured by the distribution of wealth, opportunities for personal activity and social privileges.”
The words “fair” and “just” are key in this definition. The institutions of society that are applicable to social justice often include taxation, social insurance, public health, public school, public services, labor law and regulation of markets to ensure fair distribution of wealth and equal opportunity. However, some religious leaders choose not to mention the peaceful protesting of social injustice in their churches, or they fear ostracism and retaliation if they do. Meanwhile, the Bible speaks of getting involved to correct social injustice in countless scriptures.
When any group in society […]
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