Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Don't Forget the Justice Revival

November is almost here and a great deal will be happening!
Daylight Savings Time will end (this weekend, DON'T FORGET!)
There's a School Board election in a few districts in Dallas (again, DON'T FORGET...November 3rd!)
Thanksgiving (as if you would forget!)
And the Justice Revival! November 10-12, Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Freeway.
Go to http://www.justicerevival.org and register for a great refreshing period of worship, followed by meaningful opportunities for service!




Our city will change!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Social justice is the concept of a society with a greater degree of economic egalitarianism through progressive taxation, income redistribution, or even property redistribution, policies aimed toward achieving that which developmental economists refer to as equality of opportunity and equality of outcome.

Social justice is described in much of John Rawls' writing. It is a part of Catholic social teaching and is one of the Four Pillars of the Green Party upheld by the worldwide green parties. Some tenets of social justice have been adopted by those on the left of the political spectrum. Social justice is also a concept that some use to describe the movement towards a socially just world. In this context, social justice is based on the concepts of human rights and the rigging of equality.

Chris said...

The "social justice" movement always made me vaguely uncomfortable even before I learned it was a Marxist concept.

Gerald Britt said...

I'm wondering whether you two are actually reading the post and visiting the website and reading about the aims of the revival and the ministry of the speakers. Or are you just seeing the words 'social justice' and assigning the only meeting that fits your ideological bent.

At any rate, if you're in Dallas I hope you stop by and see for yourselves...

Anonymous said...

I can't speak for Chris, but my intent is to give an opposition view, sometimes directly related to your blog, and more often to point out the political/social ramifications of the ideas and concepts you support.

Gerald Britt said...

Anon,

Fair enough, but for it to be relevant, I think it needs to be related to the subject. Whether or not you agree with the concept of 'social justice' really isn't the issue.

Whatever the source of your opposition, surely you're not against churches helping to become advocates for good education or housing for the homeless?

Or do those really sound like 'socialist' objectives?

Anonymous said...

One of the problems I have with a church supporting a secular ministry such as CDM, is the fact that there are numerous welfare ministries that share the Gospel,in addition to caring for physical needs.These Christian charities receive my support, and should be accorded the church's assistance. Another major issue I have with CDM is the far left political leaning of its leadership, as well as a liberation theology underpinning.

Gerald Britt said...

Anonymous 11:26,

You have every right to give your support to whatever ministry or non-profit that aligns with your theology or ideology.

But for the record - CDM IS a faith-based organization. It is not an EVANGELICAL Christian organization. And, believe it or not, there are no scriptural mandates that one be 'conservative' or 'liberal' in their political ideology in order to be a Christian, that is a matter of faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8).

Like Christ we share the Gospel as needed with those who are in need. Their poverty or temporary circumstances have nothing to do with whether they are people of faith. Christians suffer like anyone else.And many of the people who need our services are people of profound faith. As a matter of fact for many of them faith is all they have. Faith, and other people of faith who are willing to devote their lives to helping them.

Most of our staff are people of deep Christian conviction and commitment. They are not Republicans, nor are the conservatives, but they are Christians.

Finally, as far as the left leaning leadership, the fact is, just as you have the right to believe as you do, and speak for those beliefs, so do we. But for the record, the leadership of CDM, even relative to its board of directors, is mixed in terms of its political ideology. We agree on one thing: endless discussions regarding our political affliliation is an unproductive conversation among people who need food, housing, health care, jobs and education. We consider those things secondary to what we can do together to make things better for others and, yes, glorify God.

So in that regard, we have banded together with people who believe as we do and those who don't to help more than 30,000 people each year.

I hope that you are doing at least as much through your support of your church and church related ministries. In the end, we do far more with one another than we can individually...

Anonymous said...

Well, you know the Mormons consider themselves Christian also. The cloaking of a political belief system in the trappings of Christianity is not Christianity. The following excerpt from Moody's is most instructive. Perhaps you would comment on the portions you take exception to.

Page 634 (latest ed) THE_ MOODY HANDBOOK OF THEOLOGY
Summary Evaluation of Liberation Theology

The evaluation of liberation theology is a general one; it is clear there are diverse voices in the movement, some further to the left, and others that are more moderate. Conservative Christians have serious reservations about liberation theology for the following reasons.
(1) Liberation theologians give secondary meaning to the ordinary meaning of the Scriptures. James Cone, for example, suggests that the resurrection of Christ means the liberation of all people, relating it to phys¬ical deliverance from oppression, The historic significance of the resur¬rection as release from sin is ignored (cf. 1 Cor. 15).
(2) The matter of man’s sinfulness, and his need of a spiritual Savior to atone for sin, is ignored in liberation theology Liberation from sin is ignored; liberation is normally seen as essentially political. In fact, libera¬tion theologians view themselves as liberating their unjust oppressors from sin by overthrowing them. The greatest sin is not the violation of God's standard but social injustice.
(3) Hope for liberation theologians is not based on the biblical con¬cept of eternal life through Jesus Christ, but hope is related to Jurgen Molt -mann's view of realizing the future hope in the present through helping to shape the future (often through revolutionary means).
(4) For liberation theologians Like Gustavo Gutierrez theology is not the objective revelation of God given in prepositional truths (as it has been historically understood),, but theology is in flux, changing, and related to the changing of society It is a "Christian coating" of Marxist socialism.
(5) Liberation theology stands in violation of the injunction of Scrip¬ture concerning submission to government as outlined in Romans 13,
(6) The interpretive methodology of liberation might seriously be called into question, as in the case of Juan Luis 5egnndo, who does not begin with an inductive study of the Scriptures (allowing them to speak for them¬selves), but allows his political ideology to interpret the Scriptures.
(7) It is a false assumption of liberation theology, as Peter Wagner points out, to suggest that people will respond more readily to the gospel if they enjoy a more affluent environment Jose Porfirio Miranda relates Karl Marx to the apostle Paul, suggesting Marxist principles will lead people to love one another—all without the acknowledgment of sin and salva¬tion through Christ.
In summation, liberation theology does not approach the concepts of God, Christ, man, sin, and salvation from an orthodox, biblical view¬point, but reinterprets them in a political contest.

Gerald Britt said...

I appreciate your efforts to defend your position over against what I said and if that makes you feel better about your position, so be it.

However, it has nothing to do with what we were talking about.

If you don't want to support CDM, we're disappointed in not having that support, but we definately understand...

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I will keep in touch.