Micah 6:8 “He has told you what is good and what the Lord requires: to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Isaiah 58:6-8 “Is this not the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free…to share your bread with the hungry and to bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him…Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your hearing shall spring up speedily.”
Matthew 25:40,45 Whatever we did for the least of My brothers, you did it to Me…as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.
“When our hearts beat with the heart of God, we share His compassion, His passion for justice and righteousness…We serve a holy God who demands that we be like Him.” Study guide, pg. 286
Somehow the Evangelical church has left social justice to mainstream denominations. Humanistic psychology holds that it is society that makes man evil, so they seek to transform society to help mankind. We don’t want to err in that direction, knowing that we are not essentially good, but totally depraved. Sin comes from within and is “cured” by our Savior Jesus, not by transforming society by social reforms. However, we have been slackers in the sense of actually putting our faith and our holiness into action to live out the justice and mercy that God demands.
And, according to the book of Amos, God will judge and hold us accountable for corporate sins. That means that things that are abhorrent to God (today, perhaps abortion, graphic violence and sex on TV and movies, materialism rather than taking care of the poor around us…) will be judged by God.
When Moses, Daniel and Nehemiah wanted to see God act, they fasted and prayed. They repented of their own sins and the sins of their people. Then God told them what to do, sending them to be a part of His plan to repair and restore.
When the kings quit listening to God, God raised up prophets that would go to the kings and to the people to speak God’s words that warned of sin and judgment. The false prophets who only told the kings and the people what they wanted to hear had big audiences and were treated well. The true prophets had empty pews and were tossed into wells and dungeons and were killed.
Do you remember this guy? He stood in front of the line of tanks at Tienemin Square to stop the oppression of the Chinese people by the government. I get the picture that that’s us, when we stand up for justice, mercy, compassion and God’s righteousness. In chapter 16 of Loving God, Judge Bill Bontager lost his job and faced prison time himself because he took a stand against what seemed to be an unjust sentence.
Was it a waste? Not according to Isaiah 58 and Matthew 25. We need God’s Spirit and boldness to tell us what to spend ourselves on, what to stand up for and what to humbly repent for.