Social Matters

God gave autonomy to nations, but He also explicitly states He is a God of justice. How can believers promote justice while affirming national sovereignty and keeping the Gospel first?

Day One: Injustice
The Bible has a lot to say on the subject of injustice. We know that God is in favor of justice; we know that He is against injustice, even in the most basic terms. The writer of Proverbs mentions this: "The LORD detests differing weights, / and dishonest scales do not please him"...
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For more, see "Deepening the Soul for Justice"

Day Two: Human Rights
Any honest study of the Bible must acknowledge that man, as God's special creation, has been blessed with certain "human rights." Any true student of the Bible will be stimulated toward ideals such as equity and justice and benevolence. America's founding fathers put it well...
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Day Three: Social Justice
Before discussing the Christian view of social justice, we need to define terms. Social justice is such a politically charged concept that it can't really be divorced from its modern-day context. Social justice is often used as a rallying cry for many on the left side of the political spectrum...
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Day Four: Human Trafficking
Simply put, human trafficking is a modern term for slavery. Anytime a person is held in a forced labor situation, regardless of the reason, it is defined as human trafficking...
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For more, see "What does the Bible have to say to victims of human trafficking?"

Day Five: Illegal Immigration
Romans 13:1-7 makes it abundantly clear that God expects us to obey the laws of the government. The only exception to this is when a law of the government forces us to disobey a command of God (Acts 5:29). Illegal immigration is the breaking of a government's law...
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For more, see "How should a Christian respond to illegal aliens/illegal immigrants?"

Day Six: Climate Change
It is interesting to note how the phrase "climate change" is replacing "global warming" as the catch phrase of environmentalism. Some scientists/climatologists are certain that human activity, primarily greenhouse gas emissions, is impacting the environment. What they are not certain about is precisely what the impact will be...
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Day Seven: Population Control
The Bible doesn't say anything about population control. Instead, humans are told to "be fruitful and multiply" (Genesis 1:22, 28). Psalm 127:35 tells us that children are a heritage from the Lord and that the fruit of the womb is a reward from Him...
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For more, see "Overpopulation and 'Filling the Earth'"

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Published 8-10-16