Many Christians are wary of participating in social justice because of a deep-rooted fear of being labeled “liberal,” “progressive,” or “secular.” They don’t want to be associated with “secular” movements, and are uncomfortable delving into issues that go beyond their cultural comfort zones. But the Bible tells us that Jesus cared deeply about the social causes around him….
Christians do a disservice to the gospel message by removing the cultural context from Jesus’s ministry and watering down his message to one of religious platitudes. We like to generalize the words of Jesus and transform his life into a one-size-fits-all model that can apply to all of humanity.
Some of my Christian friends would literally panic if I called them a “liberal” and especially if I called them “secular”! I’m not sure I would put the cause of this on them personally? I think a lot of it has to do with the indoctrination they get from the Sunday pulpit. As the article from Sojourners above says too many religious organization seem to melt Jesus down into a one-size-fits-all model. They say the only thing from Jesus’ words that are important is that he “died for your sins”. Everything else is washed away.
Their message of all you need to know is that if you profess what we tell you to you have a free ticket to heaven. Nothing you do or say on this earth really matters once you have that ticket. I am certainly not a literalists when it comes to the bible but I do take to heart the messages of Christianity’s founder and the vast majority of those messages tell us how he wants us to live on this earth, not how to get to heaven. To me his words are paramount to what it means to live a fruitful life. To wash them down to five simple words is well, sinful…