It’s a tired trope that evangelicals only recently began caring about “social justice,” a buzzword that carries connotations of political activism and “the social gospel.” In fact, orthodox Christians have long recognized in Scripture a call to defend and uphold the dignity and well being of all persons, especially the poor and powerless. Take, for example, John Wesley, who led prison reform and abolitionists movements in 18th-century England. More recently, evangelical leaders like Ron Sider and Jim Wallis have promoted Christian engagement in anti-war, environmental, and immigration causes, while facing suspicion of falling prey to partisan politics. At the local church level, sex trafficking, fair trade, and clean water campaigns are trendy ways today for lay Christians to fight social ills, even if that means simply clicking a “Like” button.
- The Bible’s Impact on Human RightsThe ideas of human dignity and respect for all didn’t develop in a vacuum.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.No Christian played a more prominent role in the 20th century's most significant social justice movement.
- Jesus and the Unclean WomanHow a story in Mark's gospel sheds light on the problem of obstetric fistula.
- What is Biblical Justice?The theology of justice flows from the heart of God.
- What You Probably Don’t Know about ‘The Least of These’A more biblically accurate understanding of Jesus' words in Matthew 25.
- The Prophet Who Tells Us to Pay AttentionHabakkuk also lived in a time of injustice—and just like him, we must not look away.
- John Calvin: Justice Is a Form of WorshipAccording to the Reformer, pursuing the good of others is a way to love God.
- John Stott: Four Ways Christians Can Influence the WorldHow we can be salt and light.español
- Sojourner TruthAbolitionist and women's rights advocate