Is Christian Activism Biblical?

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The rise of Christian activists who push for social justice, political change, threatens the Gospel

Activism can be good for society; it’s often necessary. But it’s mostly non-believers who are involved because Christians are set-apart for a higher calling.

But a line is drawn when forced to recant faith. For example, the apostles disobeyed the Sanhedrin when told to stop preaching Christ. When the Emperor asked Christians to worship him, they died refusing – we must obey God rather than man.

Christians fall for Satan’s distraction

Today, Christian liberals twist scriptures to support intersectionality, radical feminism, and moralistic deism to justify protest. Some felt the need to apologize for racial inequality perpetuated by MSM; Bishop of Leicester took a knee and Christianity Today caved-in to reparation.

Schools founded by Christians, like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Oxford, abandoned conservative Biblical values. For example, Cambridge University has an academic mob killing free speeches on campus for social justice. [Noah Carl]

Social Justice is “Egalitarianism”: A fair and just relations between individual and society. It’s measured by the distribution of wealth and social privileges (Wikipedia). There is a wide difference between a God-centered approach to social justice and a man-centered approach. Perfect justice will only come when Jesus returns. That is why Christians must focus on the Great Commission.

Christian activists often quote Ephesians 5; Proverbs 31

To be clear, Ephesians 5:11-12 warns Christians to be set apart. Rebuke heathens and have nothing to do with darkness but convict them. Proverbs 31:9 tells us to help and defend the fatherless, widow, oppressed, just as Nehemiah did, which is also misconstrued to mean political. [More examples]

These verses are not about civil authority; neither does it encourage civil disobedience. In fact, Paul taught the opposite. “Such resistance greatly displeases the Lord our God,” said apologist Chuck Swindoll.

Justice and righteousness are important to God

When Egypt enslaved God’s people, He rescued them from systemic racism through Moses. However, chaos ensued amongst them. God sent prophets to judge them. In the end, God sent Jesus, and upon His second return, will true social justice come. Meantime, we get busy sharing the Gospel.

Citizens of heaven fight to win souls on earth!

What did the apostles do to fight social injustice?

Well, NONE. There are no biblical examples of “Christian activism.” Instead, Christ suffered, and the apostles martyred because of politics. Jesus faced social injustice all His life. Though He rebuked religious leaders, He never encouraged civil protest. [apologist Steve Urick]

Be salt and light!

We are the salt and light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16), just as Jesus is the “light of the world” who lightens the dark souls of men. “Spiritual issue” is more important than “social issues,” said apologist John MacArthur. Citizens of heaven fight to win souls on earth!

Only the Gospel can bring social justice

Christians can rally behind a cause like ADF, who uphold the rights of persecuted Christians. Journalists can “expose evil,” while others volunteer to help the needy. But that’s only addressing the symptoms.

What is better? Actively share the gospel, the answer to the ills of society, said writer John Soulliere. Only Jesus can bring real change.

Actively share the gospel, the answer to the ills of society.

Should Christians rally against government?

When the Gospel changes your life, you go from social issues to spiritual issues, John MacArthur.

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Albert is an academic researcher and UX/UI content manager. He is a graduate of Asian Studies and went to the Asian Bible Seminary and Trinity College of Music. He is happily married with three lovable teenagers.

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