Is Christian Activism Biblical?
Catholics and evangelical leaders twist scriptures to claim social justice as Biblical. However, Jesus or the apostles never participated in political activism. It threatens the Gospel, and these activists are setting a bad testimony.
‘Biblical justice’ and ‘social justice’ are not the same
Political activism can be helpful in society; it’s a necessary voice, but it’s not the same as Biblical justice. True justice in the Bible glorifies God and encourages unity in Christ, not dividing Believers.
In 2021, the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ECL) ordained its first transgender Pastors. It’s reflective of how demonic doctrines infiltrated the church. If Satan could deceive ECL, we shouldn’t wonder why Christianity Today was seduced by counterfeit social justice.
How Christian leaders fall for Satan’s distraction
Satan wants Christians involved in social issues; it’s a distraction. Liberal Christians fall for the duplicity of intersectionality, radical feminism, moralistic deism, and racial inequality perpetuated by mainstream media.
As citizens of heaven, Christians are set-apart for a higher calling, not be an activist.
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Unfortunate turn of progressive Christians who justify LGBTQ rights, deceptive racial inequality, and others politicking
- Social justice has entered universities said Apologist John MacArthur. School institutions like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton were established on Christian values but has removed it in place of social justice.
- Progressive churches in the USA supported the Marxist-atheist Black Lives Matters (BLM) organization openly in their social media account.
- United Church of Christ supports BLM as well as same-sex marriage.
- Lutherans (ECLA) support also supports BLM justice, fights for LGBTQ rights, allow same-sex marriage, and admits lesbian and transgender Pastors.
- Faithful America fights for social justice reform and support same-sex marriage and the BLM group. They are unified with “pro-abortion Democrats” in rejecting a “pro-life US president.”
- In the Philippines, Catholics and evangelicals oppose several government decisions. They argue with the supreme court, rebuke lawmaker decisions openly—in the guise of social justice and moral accountability. It is setting a bad example.
- Remember, getting yourself in political discussion ruins relationships. Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be just like him. (Proverbs 26:4-14)
Christian activists often quote Ephesians 5 and Proverbs 31 to justify politicking and social activism
Proverbs 31:9 tells us to help defend the fatherless, widow, oppressed, just as Nehemiah did. But Christian activists misconstrue it to fit their social justice narrative.
Unless authorities try to prevent Christians from worshiping God, the church cannot tell the government what to do. Take Jesus’ example in fighting the government; He did nothing. “Such resistance greatly displeases the Lord our God,” said apologist Chuck Swindoll.
Justice and righteousness are important to God. But even Jesus avoided entanglements because all authorities are accountable to God, NOT to men—God will deal with unrighteousness.
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.
When the Apostles said ‘submit to the authorities and respect them,’ they asked the impossible. Roman authorities were abusive, and they were killing Christians!
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 were martyred because of politics.
- Jesus faced social injustice all His life. Though He rebuked religious leaders, He never encouraged civil protest. [Steve Urick]
- “Spiritual issue” is more important than “social issues,” said apologist John MacArthur. Citizens of heaven fight to win souls on earth!
Bottom line, only the Gospel can bring social justice
God commands us to do good and help the needy. That’s a given. Christians can also rally behind organizations that fight for persecuted Christians without being involved in bickering.
What is better than activism?
Actively share the Gospel, the answer to society’s ills (John 1:5), said writer John Soulliere. Only Jesus can change the hearts of men.
Actively share the gospel, the answer to the ills of society.
“We must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.”
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