How SJWs Are Ruining Everything That's Good About Social Justice
Over the last few years, the concept of social justice has become a hot-button topic. It's rare to find someone who doesn't have a strong visceral reaction at the mention of it. The concept has even spawned its own subclass of people—SJWs (Social Justice Warriors). Sadly, it has been misunderstood, perverted, and hijacked into the service of a movement that actually violates the concept. Because of the perversion of social justice, many people now grossly misunderstand it, including misunderstanding who authored it, which is the first of four common myths:
Myth #1: Social justice is a leftist invention
Speaking through the prophet Isaiah, God commands His people to "cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause" (Isaiah 1:16-17). Right next door in the canon of Scriptures, the prophet Jeremiah conveys God's message that entrance into His kingdom requires that people, "Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place" (Jeremiah 22:3).
Bible passage after Bible passage demonstrates God's eternal concern for the oppressed and marginalized. In the book of James, we read, "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world" (James 1:27). The great thing is that throughout her history, the Church has often been the first to rally around the pursuit of righteousness by enacting social justice. Names like William Wilberforce, Harriet Tubman, and John Newton, all devout Christians, are writ large across the story of how the sin of chattel slavery was dismantled in the West. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Christians were busy building hospitals, feeding the poor, and caring for orphans. By way of contrast, dominated by social Darwinism and polygenism (the belief that the inferiority of certain races could be proved by measuring the size of skulls), secularism explicitly condemned all forms of philanthropy as detrimental to society. Things haven't changed much; religious people are still the most philanthropic people in the world. Supposed advocates for social justice lag far behind. By way of example, take Bernie Sanders, who gives a measly 4% of his income to charity.