It’s one of the healthiest trends in Christianity. Bible-believing Christians are embracing Jesus’ teachings to stand up for the rights of the poor, the hungry, the oppressed, the persecuted, and the disenfranchised.
Speaking for those of us who came to Christ in the 60s, all I can say is, “It’s about time!”
I love it that so many churches are feeding the poor, advocating for victims, and crying for social justice. Too long have we evangelicals taught that we could tell people about new life in Christ without addressing their physical and social needs.
But with all this kindness, I still think it’s important to admit the limitations of mere kindness in the name of Christ. If we ignore the impact of generational sin on a people or a society we’re dooming them to the prison of societal reform.
The most extensive social experiment in human history, the Soviet Union, proved to be what the Russians themselves admit was “seventy-four years on the road to nowhere.”
I believe it’s time to stop viewing the Great Commandment and the Great Commission as either/or options. They go together. We love people in the name of Christ as we offer them hope in Him.
As T.S. Eliot said to his Marxist friends, “Everyone is looking for a society so perfect that people don’t have to be good.”
There’s only one way to make people good enough to redeem communities and cultures. And that way begins with faith in Christ.
Question: Where is your faith community on this spectrum–more toward spiritual redemption without kindness, or more toward kindness without spiritual redemption?