Saturday, December 7, 2013

Social Justice: Reason Magazine Reports and what Many Left Wing Christians Believe

Reason is a middle-of-the-road, pragmatist and libertarian group that reports on a wide range of news stories. They are self-described as:
Reason provides a refreshing alternative to right-wing and left-wing opinion magazines by making a principled case for liberty and individual choice in all areas of human activity.
I find them informative, though I am not always in agreement with them, and a respite from the devoted standard left/right materials. Mind you, however, I do not declare myself to be a libertarian and though I am reluctant to use any label I happily admit to leaning right far more often and libertarian at times, than anything left though on occasion I can be found agreeing with something that is allegedly left, though I suspect it is a common value that is shared unilaterally but one maybe more often articulated by the left.

And the fact is Reason, though claiming to be an alternative to the right and left, makes cases for both at times. I might say they are not devotees to a right or left narrative, hence, an alternative in that respect.  

But with regard to economics, they trend quite favorably and as they say, "principled" to the rightThat is "principled" if you consider Milton Friedman's economic philosophy to not only be fundamentally sound but essential to an advanced and free civilization which can lead the world as such.

So what does this have to do with left wing Christians like Tim Keller and their social justice meme? Reason magazine did a little investigating into the movement of recalcitrant fast food workers or union sympathizers who are forming protests and encouraging strikes by employees in their demand for a living wage of $15.00 an hour.

Sounds simple, Jesus said love your neighbor as yourself, be generous and and don't be greedy. And who can live on $7.25 or even $8.00 an hour? Hence, it is reasonable that protesters are protesting and encouraging non-violent strikes against their "oppressors", right? 

That is, at least, the core of the leftist Christian meme of social justice. If only it were that simple.

And we make things simple when we do not want to be responsible for the details. Those messy details. All that follow-up, vetting of ideas and testing their merit. Anyway, here is some of what is supported by the Christian left and the left in general. Thank you Reason.


David Brainerd said...

The loss of the Apocrypha, particularly the book of Sirach (or The Wisdom of Jesus the son of Sirach) has done great harm to Protestantism. The only real reason it was tossed out is because Sirach 15 references Deut about "behold I set before you life and death, choose life that you may live" and expands it into a little mini-treatise in favor of freewill, which the magisterial reformers hated. Anyway, the loss of the following is why Protestants are such ninnies when it comes to helping the poor:

Sirach 12
1: When thou would do good, first know to whom thou doest it; so shalt thou be thanked for thy benefits.
2: Do good to the godly man, and thou shalt find a recompence; and if not from him, yet from the most High.
3: There can no good come to him that is always occupied in evil, nor to him that giveth no alms.
4: Give to the godly man, and help not the wicked.
5: Do well unto him that is lowly, but give not to the ungodly: hold back thy bread, and give it not unto him, lest he overmaster thee thereby: for [else] thou shalt receive twice as much evil for all the good thou shalt have done unto him.
6: For the most High hateth the wicked, and will repay vengeance unto the ungodly, and keepeth them against the mighty day of their punishment.
7: Give unto the good, and help not the wicked.

Anyone who gives indiscriminately to the so-called “the poor” is immoral. Those clamoring against Capitialism want us to give to the wicked, but they want to crush the righteous. The reason our society is a moral swamp is because our government steals our money and uses it to subsidize the income of the wicked giving them the financial means to overmaster us. This must end; it is immoral.

Alex Guggenheim said...


Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Your comment lead me to a more broad consideration and I believe you have a strong point. The Apocrapha, while not commonly used as a guide for biblical principle because of some of the dubiousness of certain books, was, at one time, held in esteem where it affirmed sound doctrine.

And I agree that indiscriminate giving to the poor is not what is intended with regard to our giving to the poor but what occurs most often as Christians.