I listened to a sermon of a younger person who was preaching social justice. John Wesley believed in social justice. I agree with social justice. But social justice without Jesus is only putting a band-aid on a person that is bleeding to death. A.W. Tozer wrote, “I fear thousands of younger persons enter Christian service from no higher motive (than) a certain degree of commendable idealism and a fair amount of compassion for the underprivileged… (and that is) the true drive behind much Christian activity today.” In other words, Tozer is saying some people are only interested in helping the poor, abused, and marginalized. If Jesus can play a part in that, that’s great. If not… that’s OK, too. Their primary motivation is social action.
Our primary motivation should spring from Jesus. Jesus was certainly interested in the poor and marginalized. When Jesus had harsh words, He was always addressing those in control – the religious and self-righteous.
Here’s my point: People cannot love Jesus and want to serve Him without helping the poor and defending the marginalized. However, people can help the poor and defend the marginalized without involving Jesus. There are many great civic organizations that do just that. They only offer a band-aid for this world. When we offer them Jesus, we offer them hope in this world and in the life to come.