Psalm 103:6-7 The Christian and Social Justice

Series: Psalm 103 - Six windows that can reorient your life

August 05, 2019
Langdon Palmer

Is Christianity about individual conversion or about social justice ? Is the focus my personal spiritual journey or national policies for the poor and oppressed ? Today we continue our verse by verse exploration of Psalm 103 as we come to a fascinating two verses that connect ancient history to our current cultural moment.

Episode Notes

 6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.

 7 He made known his ways to Moses,
     his deeds to the people of Israel

We corrupt the gospel when we reduce it to a club for “DO-GOODERs” -when we ignore it’s center which is the supernatural redemption of sinners by the Triune God and the need for individual conversion to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Its not about what we do, it is about who God is and what God is doing.

We corrupt the gospel when we reduce it to a club where we go to get our PERSONAL SPIRITUAL FIX – when we ignore the truth that the life of a Christian is to be a life spent helping others in practical ways, especially the poor and the oppressed. We are to fight for justice and act with mercy. Faith without works is dead.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate;
 only love can do that.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

Our theology must never be conformed to our preexisting political commitments; our political commitments must be conformed and changed to fit our theology. Christians of good will may disagree about the best political means to achieve an agreed to ends. But we must take responsibility to work towards “the welfare of the city.” Jeremiah 29:7

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” – James 1:27 “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” – Jesus in John 8:36

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