I have recently heard alot about "social justice", especially in the Christian sphere. As an ignorant college student, I ran with this term without thinking about where it came from and the implications of it. I thought it was just the overarching term to use for things that the church should be doing: helping the poor, feeding the hungry, etc.
Apparently, this term is being used by political leaders to imply other social justices that the church does not agree with. For example, "social justice" to a feminist means promoting the right for women to have abortions. For homosexuals, "social justice" means allowing them the right to gay marriages.
Political leaders have even begun to encourage the churches to preach social justice to win influence within the realm of the church. BUT they are not promoting the type of action in our communities that the Bible commands, they are preaching socialism.
Glenn Beck talked about this in his show Tuesday May 18th (if you haven't seen it, you should look it up on fox news) He goes into detail about how this term is being used to promote a socialist government. George Washington would be rolling over in his grave.
Leaders have even used the verse from Acts 4:12, where the early church gave to everyone as they had need, to promote their actions. They now want to take from the wealthy and "redistribute the wealth" to the poor.
This concept is beautiful if the church takes individual responsibility for it and by our own will chooses to do this. BUT this concept is dangerous if the government controls what we give by taking from us what is ours, not allowing us to give if we so desire.
That is the beauty of our country: we have the ability to work hard and earn money if we so desire. Individuals can then take the money they own and give it, by their own charity, to those in need.
The church in Acts 4:12 was not giving to one another because of the government. They had nothing to do with it. It was out of their own free will as they were acting in response to the Gospel in their own lives, for Christ changes the heart of individuals who join together in the beautiful body of the church to love their surrounding community. When the government gets involved, this "will be the death of our churches" as it will no longer be charity out of free will.
So watch out for the term "social justice". The government does not need to get involved with what the church does, as it will destroy our abilityto be the church. It will destroy our ability to earn money and give it away if that is our desire. (Which should be the desire of the church, and if it is not, than this may be a fault in our American churches.)