… I do not think it means what you think it means.
Actually, we’re dealing with a phrase: Social Justice. Paul Lemmen has a first-rate post over at his blog explaining how that phrase has been twisted to con the public. Go read his post, and then come back to finish this one.
Go ahead. I’ll wait …
OK, here’s one of the money quotes from Mr. Lemmen’s piece:
“Social Justice” is designed and intended to remove your individual rights in return for collective slavery to an elite class of arbiters, or commissars, if you will.
Even though the con tries to get you to believe that it has some foundation in righteous behavior, it’s aim is enslavement. Contrast this with one of the bedrock concepts of Judaeo-Christian culture, the Ten Commandments. They begin:
I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
God is a God of freedom, not of slavery. He is also a God of justice, and He desires that his people use their freedom to chose to behave justly. Reading the words of the prophet Amos can give us some insight on what “social justice” should mean.
You who turn justice to wormwood,
and cast down righteousness to the earth …
They hate him who reproves in the gate,
and they abhor him who speaks blamelessly.
Therefore, because you trample on the poor,
and take taxes from him of wheat …
For I know how many your offenses,
and how great are your sins—
you who afflict the just,
who take a bribe,
and who turn aside the needy in the courts.
But let justice roll on like rivers,
and righteousness like a mighty stream.
No human society has been perfect in meeting God’s desires for justice, but some have certainly done better than others. Of course, America can improve. But as we look around the world, we can see some systems that have chronically failed at social justice. No one, for example, has braved shark-infested waters on a raft to escape from Florida to Cuba.
Work for justice, but don’t be conned.