Say what you will about Glenn Beck, he’s no stealth wingnut. Sure, he’s dumber and crazier than a craphouse cockroach, but he’s not hiding it.
I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!
He’s going after your church now, the one that preaches the Commie/Nazi concept of “social justice”. After rejecting calls for withdrawal from Iraq and for universal healthcare for his fellow Americans, should we be surprised by his attack on something so fundamental to so many churches and to the very teachings of Christ himself? I suppose not.
But it surprised me, so I guess I’m a bit of a naif:
Witness the evils of “social justice,” per John Rawls:
Rawls asserted that, “There is . . . a general presumption against imposing legal and other restrictions on conduct without sufficient reason. But this presumption creates no special priority for any particular liberty.” (at pp291–292) This is support for an unranked set of liberties that reasonable citizens in all states should respect and uphold — to some extent, the list proposed by Rawls matches the normative human rights that have international recognition and direct enforcement in some nation states where the citizens need encouragement to act in way that fixes a greater degree of equality of outcome.
The basic liberties according to Rawls:
* Freedom of thought;
* Liberty of conscience as it affects social relationships on the grounds of religion, philosophy, and morality;
* Political liberties (e.g. representative democratic institutions, freedom of speech and the press, and freedom of assembly);
* Freedom of association;
* Freedoms necessary for the liberty and integrity of the person (viz: freedom from slavery, freedom of movement and a reasonable degree of freedom to choose one’s occupation); and
* Rights and liberties covered by the rule of law.
Don’t know why churches should be so distant from all that good stuff. The truth is that, of course, they’re not:
. . since the Catholic Church, the Black Churches, the Mainline Protestant churches, more and more Evangelical and Pentecostal churches including Hispanic and Asian-American congregations all consider social justice central to biblical faith, Glenn Beck is telling all those Christians to leave their churches. Of course, Christians may disagree about what social justice means in our current political context — and that conversation is an important one — but the Bible is clear: from the Mosaic law of Jubilee, to the Hebrew prophets, to Jesus Christ, social justice is an integral part of God’s plan for humanity.