Sharpton Scary on Social Justice

Interesting clip from the Rev. with the hair.  He insists that “the struggle [for social justice] is not over until we achieve equality…the dream [of Dr. King] was to make everything equal in everyone’s house.”

I’m no Glenn Beck, but I do think that the concept of social justice is nebulous at best and socially and economically harmful at worst.  I don’t know nearly enough about King to say if his ‘dream’ was absolute equality, not merely of opportunity – or even outcome – but of property.  (Or am I reading too much into Sharpton’s comments?)

If, however, Rev. Sharpton is right, we won’t see anything approaching social justice until Jesus comes back.  I’ve been saying this for a while now.  I don’t think ‘social justice’ as a concept is very useful for setting any real political agendas.  It has nowhere near the utility – or the Christian content – of something like a “preferential option for the poor.”  But hey, it does sound good.  Besides, as long as middle-class whites learn to despise their privilege at our institutions of higher learning, they will continue to shout the tropes of ‘social justice’ as a way of justifying their own existence.  Others will preach it and legislate it as a way of courting the masses to allow them to remain in power.

Rev. Al is right.  “We’re not there yet.”  We won’t be, either, not this side of the eschaton.  Social justice is here to stay…at least until Jesus comes back.

5 thoughts on “Sharpton Scary on Social Justice”

  1. I would have said that social INjustice is here to stay until Jesus comes back. But as Christians we belong to the kingdom which is so come, and so we should live as if it were already here.

  2. Luther said something to the effect of, “Until Jesus comes back, if the lion lies down with the lamb, it won’t end well for the lamb.” The kingdom is not here fully. You are welcome to lie down with lions and prove me wrong. Social injustice will be with us from here on out. This knowledge should not end our efforts to alleviate poverty, but it should mitigate our desires to see injustice “end.”

  3. pastormack: I think you are completely wrong. We should hate injustice bitterly, as we should hate all sin bitterly. We should NEVER “mitigate our desires to see injustice ‘end'”. We should always do everything we can to end God-hated poverty, especially at the structural level.

  4. Jon, my point is, if we really think we can bring about complete justice, we’re playing God. I think that should be avoided, but I may be wrong.

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