Wikipedia defines Social justice as the idea of creating a society or institution that is based on the principles of equality and solidarity, that understands and values human rights, and that recognizes the dignity of every human being.
From a biblical perspective World Vision states “justice” means “to make right.” Justice is, first and foremost, a relational term undefined people living in right relationship with God, one another, and the natural creation. From a scriptural point of view, “justice” means loving our neighbor as we love ourselves and is rooted in the character and nature of God. As God is just and loving, so we are called to do justice and live in love.”
For some Christians the words "social justice" conjures up excitement while to other Christians it conjures up hostility and an attempt to prove it to be unbiblical. Much of the dispute come from the usage of the language itself.
If the bible seems to show God's concern for the poor, orphans, widows, foreigners etc, doesn't it logically make sense that social justice fits in with that? And then there is the question of how to best to enact this social justice. The method, means, effectiveness and efficiency are left up to discussion.
Believing that there should be justice in society does not put you into a particular political camp or make you a "flaming liberal". People from all walks of life, political parties, denominational backgrounds and races can be a part of creating social change and equality. God desires and wants justice for the marginalized and often times uses the most unlikely of individuals to bring that to existence.
The parable of the Good Samaritan is a perfect example of this.
The Evangelical Network understands that we live in a fallen world and that there are many causes that deserve a Christian response for justice and equality. We also know that we cannot possibly address each and every one of those causes. However, there are some causes that we do believe rise to the level that require our voices. They are also important to us because they impact the safety of our communities and children. They require our voices because we are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and/or straight allies and as Evangelical Christians, we are compelled to "do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God? (Micah 6:8)
The Evangelical Network causes we are currently participating in include, but are not limited to:
- Anti-Bullying Campaigns
- Employment Non-Discrimination
- Marriage Equality
- Ending the exportation of homophobia to Uganda
- Assisting in recovery from Ex-gay ministries and teaching
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