One question was particularly thought provoking. It had to do with whether or not Christianity in general, and the church in particular would be better served by giving attention to one's personal salvation and eternal destiny, as opposed to 'social justice'. I've answered that question before, dealing with it as a pastor and preacher in any number of settings.
My standard answer is essentially this: when Jesus found someone who needed an advocate (the woman caught in adultery, for instance, in John 8:1-11), He was an Advocate; when people needed healing, as in Mark 3:1-5, He healed them; and when they needed to know about salvation as with the 'rich young ruler' as in Matthew 19:16-19 or with John 3:1-21, He shared with them the pathway to eternal life. Jesus didn't have to choose, He did whatever was in front of Him. If that's true for Him and the Church is His Body, then we don't have to choose either.
But, in rummaging through the files on my computer, I ran across this video of a sermon by my friend and brother, George Mason, pastor of the Wilshire Baptist Church here in Dallas. George, as usual is spot on in dealing with this and other divisions that tend to be, shall we say, less than helpful as we seek to live out our faith convictions.
I'd love to learn your thoughts on this subject and your reactions to Rev. Mason's message. It's a great word for our time...