Hey Larry - I see that ole "GD America" is also going to be in town. Put him up there with Wallis during the big Justice revival.
I wish there was a filter to ban (i) guilt by association and (ii) arguments ad hominem.
How about a filter to ban anything tangential. That seems to be the source of most trouble.
I've struggled with this issue over the years and have decided that it is best to have free expression to, if nothing else, reveal the quality, the intelligence and the insight, or lack of same, via the open comment policy.
"Social Justice" does not mean justice as we commonly know it. It means that America is an unjust and oppresssive society and the solution is for community organizers to organize the poor and minorities to demonstrate political power so they will be given government handouts.It's a code word for Marxism, one well known example is public building bomber and Obama friend and fellow community organizer, William Ayers.So while the people who join the revival mean well, at least some, they should know it's a very leftwing concept. You know, like income redistribution.
so, let's see, chris. . .if poor people organize to stand up for their rights and needs, assuming in our worldview that they have any at all, that is bad. but if insurance lobbysts representing an organized industry that is riping everyone off express their needs that is good. . .right? what is funny to me, as i've listened to you go back and forth here is my hunch that you are not a rich person, but you advocate for the rights of the rich against the concerns of the poor. . .what bible do you read?
Chris:The Bible clearly uses "Justice" to mean much more than a fair trial if you're accused of a crime. Otherwise, why would caring for the fatherless and widows, and commands to leave grain in fields for gleaning by the poor be characterized as justice, not charity? It is your limited political view that is the issue, not any supposed expansion of the term at the hands of Wallis or others. Yes, when believers held all things in common in Acts may qualify as socialism by todays "isms" definitions. The Bible seems quite unconcerned about such characterizations. It seems concerned with oh-so-many other things first, mainly the quality of ones relationships with God and your fellow men. Don't conflate your politics with Biblical ideas of justice.
Anonyonous @9:54 a.m. Oct 15: thanks. I often have very little patience for the likes of Chris. Thank you for a response that was steadfastly friendly to the poor yet gracious to someone who doesn't understand your vision or share your values.Thanks, too, to Larry for your serene willingness to abide the ill while trusting in the merit of the good.
Anonymous 9:54 - Amen. The Biblical idea of justice is so much grander than the notion of fairness we talk of today. Justice is a restoration of God's creation, a way of living in the kingdom in community with one another.
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