On “Social Justice and the Gospel” Part 2 (PTM 219)
Jemar and Tyler are back for part two of their conversation on “The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel” from John MacArthur and other pastors.
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Quotes and Notes for this PTM episode:
Jemar Tisby: We don’t primarily want to be a ministry of responding.
Tyler Burns: If the only invitations we ever receive are from people is with cameras on, with mics recording, and where people can take sides… then what’s the point of this?.. Is this about a conversation or a confrontation?
Jemar Tisby: That’s a reason why I think people reacted so negatively to this statement: They grew up in personal circumstances and ecclesiastical circumstances where justice was a huge part of the Gospel– it was integral to the Gospel and not just a corollary.
Tyler Burns: This statement is really talking about the character and nature of God. When we proclaim God’s kingdom on this earth, we should be proclaiming the holistic character of the King. It’s important for us to recognize that when the Lord says: ‘I love justice’ and ‘Righteousness and justice are the foundation of the throne,’ we have to step back and recognize that this is a core issue because this is God telling us that ‘I’m not for the mistreatment of the people I’ve created. I do not stand on that kingdom.’
Tyler Burns: Where other kings have mistreated the marginalized and the vulnerable, our God comes in and says ‘No! I restore them. I repair that which was broken. I raise up those who were put down. I lift up those who where oppressed. I liberate those who have been captives.’
Jemar Tisby: If you want to have solidarity with the marginalized, you need to get near them.
An Open Letter To John MacArthur About Social Justice by Rasool Berry at The Witness
A Better Statement on Christianity and Justice: The Chicago Declaration of Evangelical Social Concern by Jemar Tisby at The Witness
Battle lines form over social justice: Is it gospel or heresy? by Jemar Tisby at Religion News Service
Theological Works by Black Theologians, Pastors and Scholars from The Witness