The Bible makes social justice a mandate of faith and a fundamental expression of Christian discipleship. … From a scriptural point of view, justice means loving our neighbor as we love ourselves and is rooted in the character and nature of God. As God is just and loving, so we are called to do justice and live in love.
The primary work of the institutional church is not to promote social justice, it is to warn people of divine justice. Its primary business is not to call society to be more righteous but to tell persons of the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ.
Is restorative justice biblical?
Biblical justice includes retributive components, but it cannot be ade- quately characterized principally as retributive justice. It is better described as a relational or restorative justice. The fundamentally restorative character of biblical justice is evident at four main levels of the biblical material.
Luke 12:48 — “But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.” Thus, everyone bears a responsibility to right the wrongs of social injustice.
The literal words “social justice” do not appear in the Bible (at least I can’t find them). But the biblical commands to be “doers of justice” and “minister justice to the poor and needy” certainly compels me to understanding, confronting and acting out their social implications.
The term social justice means promoting a fair society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity. … Christian churches are supportive of the fight against social injustice. There are many Christian charities and groups that fight hard to make the world a fairer place for everyone.
Health Care Laws (i.e. insurance mandates and coverage eligibility) Education Laws (i.e. public school segregation and integration) Labor Laws (i.e. worker’s rights, occupational health and safety)
Religion has always had a powerful role in shaping ideas of social justice, oppression, and liberation. Religious authoritarianism can be used as a means of persecution, but social justice is also seen as a moral imperative in many faiths.
What is the church’s responsibility to the community?
Church and community cohesion
Christians believe that it is part of their duty to act in a moral way. This involves helping others around them. The Church can play a vital role in assisting Christians to help others by providing: food banks – places where people living in poverty can go and collect some food.
Social justice is an extension of God’s love and work in protecting and defending those who can’t defend themselves. It’s also encouraging to note that God promises that those who pursue justice and extend their heart and hands to the poor, will be blessed and lack nothing.