Social And Economic Justice During The Twentieth Century Essay

871 Words Jul 24th, 2015 4 Pages
Energized by a fervent sense of mission, Christians for centuries have worked for social and economic justice throughout the world. For example, in the Twentieth Century, Christians rigorously fought for a more egalitarian society, and in the 18th Century an evangelical revival released the energy of Newton and Wilberforce to subdue the English slave trade. In response to God 's call to create a better world, Christians have always worked for social reform. But the impetus for social change now dwells outside the Church.
The Church - the radix of human existence - is the first representation of God 's creative act in Jesus Christ. Therefore, Christian worship represents the first social reform. Divine worship prepares individuals and communities for social action. But if the praxis of worship contains cultural bias, ignores the disenfranchised, marginalizes children, shuns contemporary musicians, or denies female pastors, how then can the Church honestly advocate for multiculturalism, feed the hungry, picket abortion clinics, criticize unfair labor practices, or rail against sexism. Unless liturgical justice precedes social and economic justice, Christians cannot legitimately race out the church door half-cocked trying to save the world.
Statistically, current practice is not working. As young sophisticated breed, the un-churched have grown impatient with the quaint superficial type of mission and unity assemblies currently ritualize. The dialogue on mission and…

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