The Church and Social Justice

The church (as a whole) is supposed to be a great supporter of social justice. In fact, one would dare say that the church’s ‘worldly ministry’ has the attainment of social justice as its ultimate objective. In practical terms, the church can be viewed as having two types of ministry. The first is the divine ministry, aimed at getting people to heaven. And the second is the worldly ministry, aimed at getting people to live well in this world, as they prepare for life in the hereafter. Now it is with regard to this second aspect of church’s ministry that social justice can be viewed as the ultimate objective. It is, after all, to be appreciated that people can’t live well, in this world, without social justice.

Some of the specific ways in which the church can promote social justice include:

  1. By mobilizing its members to vote for the right leaders: these would be leaders that are likely to promote social justice in their governance. It is the role of the church to identify such leaders, and then (courageously) encourage its members to vote for such leaders. The church officials can, in their sermons, encourage their members to vote for the right leaders. Alternatively, the church leaders can approach the church members individually and privately, and encourage them to vote for the right leaders. The latter can be done in person, or through the phone. After all, many churches have phone contacts of their committed members. So it becomes just a question of taking the contact list, and calling the members, with a message of encouragement for them to vote for the identified leaders. Granted, a huge phone bill is likely to be run in this process. If the church is using, say, the Metro PCS phone service, it has to be ready to pay a tidy sum on the metro pcs pay my bill portal. This applies whether the church in question has a prepaid or postpaid pay my metropcs account system. But the cost is worthwhile, if it ultimately leads to the election of the right leaders – leaders who would promote social justice.
  2. By educating its members to be social justice activists: the church needs to get its members to understand the concept of social justice, and how it relates to church doctrine. Then the members who are thus persuaded can turn into social justice activists. If this is done on a large enough scale, we would end up with a huge army of social justice activists, leading to faster attainment of real social justice in the world.
  3. By setting up programs that promote social justice directly: these include educational programs, social welfare programs, health programs… and so on. The church can get some of its well off members to support the less fortunate ones, thus playing its direct role in the promotion of social justice.

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