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People of Faith, Social Justice, and Michael Hidalgo vs Glenn Beck

Posted by brianrants on March 12th, 2010 at 3:10 pm
Justice: the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness
Social: of or pertaining to the life, welfare, and relations of human beings in a community
I will not deny that justice is the responsibility of all institutions in a society (families, churches, corporations). However, I believe people of faith have a special responsibility to share the prophetic voice of Jesus and the Hebrew prophets, one of whom spoke against “those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the court … ” (The prophet Amos)

So I’m proud to support “righteousness, equitableness, [and] moral rightness” “pertaining to the life, welfare, and relations of human beings in a community.”

I’m also proud of my friend Michael Hidalgo who wrote a balanced, beautiful response to some unfortunate words spoken this week by Glenn Beck

A Pastor’s Response to Glenn Beck’s Call to Leave ‘Social Justice’ Churches – Michael Hidalgo – God’s Politics Blog.

  • http://brianrants.com/ Brian Rants

    I just left this comment on a great comments thread (I know, an oxymoron…like Microsoft Works) over at http://ow.ly/1iN1q

    “In what is a bit of a semantics war, this might bring some clarity

    - Justice: the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness
    - Social: of or pertaining to the life, welfare, and relations of human beings in a community

    Put those together and you get: “righteousness, equitableness, [and] moral rightness”…“pertaining to the life, welfare, and relations of human beings in a community.”

    Justice is the point. Justice brings freedom. We should fight for fiscal justice (righteous business practices), social justice (righteous living in our communities), legal justice (fair courts)…etc.

    Let’s clean up our own house (the church) before we even get to what the government’s role might be. In fact if we do our role, the government might not have ANYTHING to do (like the early Christian’s reputation for taking care of all the poor, Christian or not).”

  • http://brianrants.com/ Brian Rants

    I just left this comment on a great comments thread (I know, an oxymoron…like Microsoft Works) over at http://ow.ly/1iN1q

    “In what is a bit of a semantics war, this might bring some clarity

    - Justice: the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness
    - Social: of or pertaining to the life, welfare, and relations of human beings in a community

    Put those together and you get: “righteousness, equitableness, [and] moral rightness”…“pertaining to the life, welfare, and relations of human beings in a community.”

    Justice is the point. Justice brings freedom. We should fight for fiscal justice (righteous business practices), social justice (righteous living in our communities), legal justice (fair courts)…etc.

    Let’s clean up our own house (the church) before we even get to what the government’s role might be. In fact if we do our role, the government might not have ANYTHING to do (like the early Christian’s reputation for taking care of all the poor, Christian or not).”