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Social Justice, and Enemies of Scripture. (274)

June 15, 2020

In this solo episode, Keith reviews some definitions of social justice. After the concepts are on the table, he shares how they represent an attack on scripture.

Social Justice Definitions
From Urban Dictionary:
* A Utopian fantasy
* based on the Leninist concept of " equality of outcome."
* since you have more, it must be taken away from you to give to those who have less,
* The concept of social justice always collapses in upon itself.

From Heritage Foundation:

* Social Justice implies, equality of the burdens, the advantages, and the opportunities of citizenship.
* It requires resource equity, fairness, and respect for diversity,
* It strives for the eradication of existing forms of social oppression.
* Namely, "redistribution" of resources from those who have "unjustly" gained them to those who justly deserve them,
* creating and "ensuring" the processes of truly democratic participation in decision-making...

Other concepts
* Common Good. Who decides what is the common good?
* Reproductive Rights. Meaning abortion, and little to do with women's health.
* Compassion. Related to the war on poverty, but with a shrinking young population, where 7 people supporting one elderly, is now 2 people supporting 1, it can't last for much longer.

From the Social work degree guide:

Defines egalitarianism as everything is equal.

It also recognizes there is a difference between justice and social justice.

* The term justice means that people are treated in accordance with their actions. That it is right and wrong.
* Social justice, however, claims that all people deserve and should have access to the same rights and resources.

Most people accept that premise but differ in how to achieve that equality.

* The liberal view would like legislated programs like the college quota system that mandates schools to admit a certain number of people of diverse races, genders, and those with mental or physical challenges.
* The conservative, right-wing idea says the wealthy should not be penalized but encouraged to be philanthropic.

The problem with the liberal idea is that it creates another inequity. Students without the challenges are penalized by having less access to schools that are filling their quotas. The leftists would also want more taxes on the wealthy to pay for programs for the poor. Taken to the extreme, that view becomes socialism.

the conservative side presents the problem this way. If the wealthy pay 35 percent taxes while the middle class pays 25 percent. Then, if there is a general refund, should everyone receive the same rebate, or should the most go to those who have paid the highest taxes? Plus, do the poor, who have paid nothing in taxes, receive an equal share of the refund?

One injustice often leads to another.

"Used with permission from Microsoft."

Moving on to the first article in the social justice statement.

Article 1—Scripture:

WE AFFIRM that the Bible is God’s Word, breathed out by him. It is inerrant, infallible, and the final authority for determining what is true (what we must believe) and what is right (how we must live). All truth claims and ethical standards must be tested by God’s final Word, which is Scripture alone.

WE DENY that Christian belief, character, or conduct can be dictated by any other authority, and we deny that the postmodern ideologies derived from intersectionality, radical feminism, and critical race theory are consistent with biblical teaching.

We further deny that competency to teach on any biblical issue comes from any qualifi...