In the argument against “social justice” we now come to several of the most important Scripture passages.
- Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2: The relationship of Christians to their earthly governments.
- Matthew 17 and 22 (and parallel passages): Christ’s view on taxation.
Here I’m going to summarize theologian John Frame’s views on Christianity and government.
It’s helpful to recognize that a respected theologian shares the basics of the view I’m advocating and to see how he derives his view from Scripture. His discussion makes a good starting point to orient us to what Scripture says on the issue.
This article is from Sean Edwards, who blogs here. Thanks for allowing me to re-post your outstanding article!
This is one of the most noble goals we as a society should have. Every person should have access to modern healthcare.
But something dangerous happens when we label access to healthcare as a natural right.
The king’s strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity. -Psalm 99:4a
Americans place a high value on equality, and rightly so. But what is equality? Is it the same as egalitarianism? Social justice? As we see in Psalm 99:4, a righteous judge favors neither the poor nor the rich, but deals equitably with all. People have the right to equal treatment under the law, not equal lifestyle. That is what the concept “equity” means: impartiality.
Some suppose that “fairness” involves taking from the rich and giving to the poor. With this as a supposition, it is understandable that they would misconstrue Scripture through a socialist lens. But Scripture speaks of equity.