Social Justice is defined as, “The fair distribution of advantages, assets, and benefits among all members of a society.” So you know it is another way to say,
- Equality of outcome
- Gender Equality
- Racial equality (of outcome)
- Social equality
- Distributive Justice
Or, simply put, “We’re taking your money, your stuff and your free life.”
Social Justice has a religious twist. I will not try to unwind the “Social Justice” rat’s nest in the Roman Catholic Church. I will just say some of it is beneficial and sound Christian charity. But much is deeply problematic and destructive. Liberation Theology and Black Liberation Theology springs from a Social Justice philosophy. The term “Social Justice” is generally used by American “Mainline” denominations and increasingly by evangelical pastors.
Because Barak Obama’s spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright, has become a lightning rod for Black Liberation Theology, let’s be a bit more expansive. Dr. Anthony Bradley, associate professor of theology at The King’s College in New York City, wrote this, in part, for the wonderful Action Institute”
James Cone, the chief architect of Black Liberation Theology in his book A Black Theology of Liberation (1970), develops black theology as a system. In this new formulation, Christian theology is a theology of liberation — “a rational study of the being of God in the world in light of the existential situation of an oppressed community, relating the forces of liberation to the essence of the gospel, which is Jesus Christ,” writes Cone. Black consciousness and the black experience of oppression orient black liberation theology — i.e., one of victimization from white oppression.
Black Liberation theology, Catholic Liberation Theology and Mainline Social Justice all make Jesus into nothing more than a Marxist. In American politics, when you run into people promoting Social Justice, they are after your money, your property and your Liberty. This is exactly what the OWS 99%—Obama campaign is about. If they prevail, we will be in a long period of darkness. If we prevail, we will have years of hard work for the restoration of our “Shining City on a Hill.” Let us prevail and roll up our sleeves.