Digestible Resources: Biblical Justice vs Social Justice

Last updated 2020-07-23

Have you or someone you love been influenced by people claiming Christianity, who have also bought into the world’s new Religion of Social Justice, Critical Race Theory, and Cultural Marxism?

Has someone told you that thinking Biblical Justice and The Social Justice Movement are at odds with each other stems from a place of racism and ideology rooted in white supremacy?

Have folks in your circles been flippantly using the term “white privilege” in attempts to explain why disparities are directly linked to the amount of melanin in someone’s skin?

Is your church community looking more and more like the current culture / world, bending to identity politics and bending the knee to other people instead of Christ?

Do you feel like you’re going crazy, and as if all of a sudden only a few people you know seem to care about what the Bible actually says about justice and partiality?

This may be for you.

Below are some alternative voices that will anchor this conversation to scripture more systematically, and that attempt to unpack the Social Justice movement through a Biblical lens, rather than the other way around.

They’ve certainly helped me step back and think through this cultural moment with a Biblically-grounded perspective. I hope that you, too, can find them encouraging, edifying, and educational.


1. Biblical Justice vs Social Justice

Podcast from Falkirk Center


2. Whiteness

Podcast from Just Thinking Podcast


3. Should Christians Repent Of Racism?

Podcast from Falkirk Center


4. George Floyd And The Gospel

Podcast from Just Thinking Podcast


5. A Reasonable Latino Calmly Responds To Matt Chandler

Video from AD Robles


6. A Reasonable Latino Explains the #WokeChurch Jedi Mind Trick – Ligon Duncan and DA Horton

Video from AD Robles


7. What’s Wrong With Woke?

Article by Tom Ascol, from statementsocialjustice.com

Woke

8. What to do when someone claims to be a Christian but you don’t think they are

Podcast from Reformgelical


9. Eric Conn — Culture, homeschooling, and anti-fragile households

Podcast from Reformgelical


10. Assurance Of Salvation

Podcast from Just Thinking Podcast


11. Phil Vischer’s Dishonest “Race in America

Podcast from Conversations That Matter


12. A Lament: How TGC Is Destroying Justice And The Church

Podcast from Conversations That Matter


13. We Need Real Secret Church – David Platt Was Right the First Time

Video from AD Robles


14. Live Q&A!: Tim Keller, Corporate Sin, and Secession

Podcast from Conversations That Matter


15. What Happened to Paul David Tripp?

Podcast by Conversations That Matter


16. On Specialization and Social Justice from the Pulpit

Article from Conversations That Matter


📌 I’ll add additional resources to this post as I come across them. Thanks for visiting!

The Year We Rejected The Lie Of Sunk Cost

A few years ago we moved to Orlando. For the first eleven months or so, Caroline and I rented an apartment close to where I work. It was great, but we realized that we were throwing a lot of money away when we could be investing our housing costs in a home.

At that point in our lives we had decided that Orlando would be our home for the next five or more years, so, we decided to save for a down-payment. We were fortunate to find a great first home about ten minutes away from our apartment.

Over the course of the next year we put a decent amount of money into that little yellow house. It needed new insulation in the attic and a new AC unit with a heat pump, and a new electrical panel (among other first-time homeowner expenses).

Fast forward about a year and we had welcomed our first child into the world. About six months later, we realized we wanted to raise our kids close to our families and extended family—in Ohio—but we’d already sunk a lot of money into our first home.

Well…

We decided to sell anyways.

Even though we hadn’t given the home much time to appreciate, we still walked away with cash for another down-payment in Ohio. Instead of losing over $1k every month to rent, we were able to re-invest a decent portion of the previous year’s housing costs and expenses into a new place to live.

So the thought of the day is this:

Don’t let the notion of sunk cost scare you away from a big decision, whether it be financial, or otherwise.

There might be other factors that deter you in a decision, but please don’t let that be the one that puts the final nail in the coffin on a decision or an idea you’re kicking around and praying about.

Leaving Orlando was the hardest thing we’ve ever done. We had such a rich, vibrant community there. Yet, we’re glad we didn’t let those previous financial investments tie us down for another five years. Postponing our decision likely would have only let to a more difficult decision down the road.

I know this isn’t everyone’s experience, and that a decision like this could have gone the other way… But we’re thankful we decided to take the leap of faith, and that we were seeking God’s wisdom along the way. We’re thankful we we’re able to do what felt right for our family at the time; looking back, we can see how God used it to set us up for this current chapter of life.

We’re also thankful for the generosity and support of our families, whose miscellaneous resources also helped make the transition possible. What a life lesson in sacrificial love!