July 20, 2010

Reverend Wallis in Wisconsin Highlights Christian Chasm

No matter how you package social and economic justice, to many of us, they still mean collectivism in the name of man-made justice. Evangelical Christian and political writer and activist Jim Wallis is a spokesman for this kind of justice. Wallis recently complained about resistance to his Wisconsin engagement to speak at Lifest, a Christian youth festival. The reverend pinned his opposition to popular right-wing voices like Glenn Beck. Yet, he failed to recognize or acknowledge those of us who have done our own thinking on this matter – and found his kind of “justice” to be lacking in Biblical backing and true fairness to all.

Did Wallis' talk to thousands of young people at Lifefest in Oshkosh –“The Call to Jesus and His Kingdom of Justice” – acknowledge the freedom of the individual to serve Christ and help the poor as he or she chooses? Or was it a veiled call for building a society of (coerced) institutionalized collectivism? I would guess the concepts of freedom did not come up in this talk.

Wallis wrote in an article earlier this year that "Christian social justice does not equal totalitarian government, but on the contrary, has always tried to hold government accountable to the needs of “the least of these." But the government's role is not to fill everyone's needs. Trying to make the government do this requires cooperation of the people who must pay for the programs for this function. When people do not agree or cooperate with the government's will, those in power may use tactics to get everyone to support the program: and bingo, we suddenly have totalitarianism "for the greater good."

We who espouse freedom would say to such Christian collectivists, go ahead and make your own groups and organizations to help people within this free society. But do not mess with everyone else’s God-given choices to live and aid others as they choose, rather than through government ideas of aid. Any “justice” without regard for individual freedom is not just.

For further reference:
Another view of social justice from the Heritage Foundation

My ponderings on redistribution of wealth: Is Redistribution of Wealth Christian?


Real Debate said...

Very well said.  I had a look at Mr. Wallis' site.  First thing that came to mind was that the serpent deceived with twisted truths as well.  It should be no surprise that these victimhood vendors and race peddlers would try to twist the Truth to peddle their wares.

Real Debate said...

I dont care what you say, the phrases "social justice" and/or "economic justice" make me nervous...even IF you put the word "christian" in front of them.