Social justice is based on the concepts of human rights and equality. The Bible supports social justice with regard to the plight of the poor and the afflicted, orphans and widows, and people unable to support themselves.

Jesus said, “For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. Mark 14:7.  For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always” Matthew 26:11. This does not mean we can disregard the plight of those in poverty, in need; Jesus was telling the disciples of the continuing reality of poverty in the world. We are commanded to help the needy (Deut. 15:11; Luke 12:33) yet we will not eradicate it by our own efforts.

Social gospel leaders are overwhelmingly postmillennialist, believing that Christ’s Second Coming cannot happen until humanity rids itself of social evils by human effort. In other words, by applying Christian ethics to social problems, we will ‘perfect’ our condition, bring love. peace, and justice to the world, and usher in Christ’s Kingdom – by our works. The Kingdom is then built by us.

Jesus came to change people’s hearts and point them to God’s kingdom, rather than attempt to change governments and institutions. Poverty of the soul, not knowing Jesus and trusting in Him for our salvation, is the greatest poverty of all.

Christians should take a God-centered approach to social justice, not a man-centered approach. We see Christ Jesus as our Savior. When He returns, He and only He will restore justice.

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