Radio talk show host and Fox News personality Glenn Beck has been boycotted by a Reverend who supports social and economic justice. Beck likened the social justice movement as that of communism and Nazism and publicly named Reverend Jim Wallis for his views in support of the movement. Beck warned his viewers to get out of churches preaching this message.
The social justice view is one in favor of a central government providing equality of social benefits for the public. The idea is that of socialism where government is in charge of regulations, and in control of distribution of funds to social programs that provide equality of wealth. Alert citizens should recognize the agenda as socialism.
Rev. Jim Wallis, who is calling for the boycott of Beck’s program, claims that the Bible is in support of central government and that it is the obligation of our nation to provide for the poor in order to avoid judgment of God. But Wallis gets his views from an interpretation that he claims Conservative Evangelical Christians have gotten wrong. So which is correct?
“The Bible is clear that if one does not provide for his own, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever,” said Pastor Dominic Sunukjian of Trinity Worship Christian Fellowship in Albany NY. “But the Bible isn’t demanding that government become that provider.”
Each of us who are believers in Jesus Christ are obligated to give to the poor, but each is to first bear his own load (Galatians 6). It also says to care for widows, but really after their inability to have another husband. Charity is the volunteer freedom as Christians express their gratitude of serving God, and not the obligation of government to enforce benefits through a collection of taxes. Taxation is also corrupt. Even in Jesus’ time, politicians used it to become wealthy.
As far as the Bible supporting a central government that forces benevolence, that is one’s personal interpretation of what the Bible is saying. It was not the Bible’s intent, nor was it the intent of the country’s founding fathers. In fact, they warned of the corruption likely coming from that system of government and provided checks and balances to prevent it. Government forcing its people to be benevolent is not noble, but is corrupt.
The Bible is clear that when His believers called for His purpose pray and seek His face that a nation will be blessed, not when a government do the works to avoid God’s judgment. It is the humbling of individuals, not the enforcement of government. And works cannot save us (Ephesiains 2:8,9).
God does not save nations, only individuals. Social and economic justice mainly blesses the corrupt politicians who use the largess for their benefit of lobbying votes and use public equalization as the excuse.
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For more info: Glenn Beck can be heard on Albany radio station 810WGY weekdays 9am to 12pm and on the Fox News Network.