God Does Not Want You To Love Social Justice!   3 comments

God does not want you to love social justice. He does not want you to feed the hungry, He does not want you to heal the sick, He does not want you to clothe the poor, He does not want you to give rest to the weary… primarily. Rather, God wants you to love the God of social justice. If what you get out of your Christianity is that you need to volunteer at homeless shelters, build homes in disaster-stricken areas, and adopt orphaned children… you’ve completely missed the gospel.

Jesus Christ was not about the poor and the hungry and the destitute… primarily. Jesus Christ was about God–He was about bringing Himself and His Father utmost glory. Mark 14:1-11 makes this motivation clear as a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume breaks the vial and pours it all over Jesus’ head. This perfume in this vial was worth about 300 days wages. (If you do a quick calculation of even $10 an hour for 8 hours a day… that’s about $24,000!) So, obviously, the disciples were indignant… and you might be as well. Because that’s a huge waste of money. I mean, it’s Jesus and all, but maybe you can give him a little sprinkle of the perfume and give the rest to local charities. That’s why Jesus scolds her! He tells her that she was supposed to love the poor first and foremost…

Except Jesus didn’t say that. The disciples scolded her, and Jesus scolded the disciples: “Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me. She has done what she could; she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial. Truly I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the world world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her” (v. 6-9).

All she did was waste money on Jesus. Wouldn’t He rather she give the proceeds to the poor? Wouldn’t He rather she spend her time comforting the widows? Isn’t this the same Jesus who fed the hungry and healed the disabled? Isn’t this the same Jesus whose brother wrote that “pure and undefiled religion [is]… to visit orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27)?

Yup.

But He is also the same Jesus who said that this woman’s act was so extraordinary that “wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of.” That is because the focus of the gospel is not on those around us. That is because the greatest commandment of all is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The primary focus of the Christian faith and, therefore, the primary focus of the Christian person, is God. Our calling as believers in Jesus Christ is to worship the heavenly Father who sent His only Son to die on the cross to save sinners from their much-deserved wrath.

The problem in the world is not unemployment, homelessness, starvation, or disease. The problem in this world is that people do not worship the one and only God. Jesus says that we will “always have the poor.” This isn’t a problem we can fully fix, but it is a problem that can be properly assessed and properly aided once people approach it–not as an end–but as a means to worship God. We do not love the poor because the poor are the most important people in the world. We do not care for orphans because children are our most precious resource. We love the poor and care for orphans because we worship a living God… and God loves the poor and God cares for the orphans. It does not minimize our love for those around us when we look at it as worship to God. In fact, it should motivate greater sacrifice because we should know that a great God is pleased with us, will provide for us, and will further our work.

So, love the poor, care for the orphans, mourn with the grieving, and build up the downtrodden. But don’t do it and think that you are being honoring God just by doing these actions. Because unbelievers and atheists even care for those around them. Rather, look to God and find your motivation in Him. Turn to God and see that He is pleased in your social justice when your social justice is a means of glorifying the God who cares for the weak and the poor more than we can ever fathom.

(BTW… my Trial Court professor says I’m too preachy… I think he’s right.)

Also, I don’t want to plug a million charities, but a good one is Compassion. You have the opportunity to sponsor a child in a third world country. You will not only take care of their physical needs, such as clothes and food and school supplies, but you will also take care of their spiritual needs, as they will learn the Bible and hear the gospel preached. Plus, you can keep in contact with them through letters. This is by no means the best way to use your money or the only worthy cause out there… just a good one that I know of. And another one is Children’s Hunger Fund.

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Posted May 18, 2010 by Mitchell J. Kim in Uncategorized

3 responses to “God Does Not Want You To Love Social Justice!

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  1. excellent post. one of the few posts that will stick with me for a lifetime.

  2. AGREED!!! Thanks for the post!

  3. Amen bro.

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