I am saddened over what little conviction we evangelicals seem to have in regard to social justice. I know much of the justice the world speaks of, including here in the United States, is set in Modernist, Enlightenment terms. It is all about individual rights- although arguably there is some justification for such language from scripture. But by and large at least, scripture speaks of justice in terms of all creation. It is not just a matter of individuals getting their rights, but all creation being made right through Jesus so that all the individual parts are taken up into a harmonious whole. Which means we should never think in terms of simply “my rights,” but what is right, period.
From that I want to say that our reading of scripture, God’s word, must have the goal of taking in everything so that our goal will be no less than to reflect the whole will of God. To do that we need to keep working at it. We need to critique everything in light of it, in light of the revelation of God in Jesus we find from scripture.
From that we find that the true reality which ends up trumping all others is “in Jesus.” All others may be closer or farther from it, though only in Jesus is it found. In the true reality on the human level there is the outworking of faith, hope and love- and behind that the love of God in Jesus, indeed the love of the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We know that only God can bring the true shalom to this world when Jesus returns. And yet something of this is present in and through our visible communities in Jesus in the here and now. And we’re to not only critique all in the light of God’s revelation, but we’re to live in that light, that the light might shine out from us into the world’s darkness. And help changes occur, yes, in this old world.