Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Salt, Light, and Social Justice

In the context of Matthew 5:10–12, it is clear that in vv13–16 the Lord having made us to be (not commanding us to become) salt and light means NOT that we should be Christian enough to make a societal difference, but that we should be Christian enough to be persecuted by society. 

Love for neighbor, the power of God, and His pleasure to give revival by the Spirit's use of gospel preaching all agree to form in us a desire to see and participate in societal change. But let us be compelled by appropriate Scripture, and seek it by His means. 

I had been meaning to write this for a while, but finally had time today and was prompted by the following video. It contains helpful historical truth, and near the end identifies a problem with social gospel that it has in common with reconstructionism and liberation theology (each of which misuse this Scripture text):

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