Skip to comments.Code Words (Glenn Beck urges Christians to leave churches that preach "social justice")
Posted on 03/17/2010 9:02:14 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
When Glenn Beck urged Christians to leave churches that preach social justice, he allowed himself to be tripped up by conventional buzzwords of the campus Left. In plain English, social justice is a goal of all churches and refers to helping the poor and seeking equality. As a code word, it refers to a controversial package of goals including political redistribution of wealth, gay marriage, and a campaign against institutional racism, classism, ableism, and heterosexism. Beck was wildly off base linking social justice (of either form) to Communism and Nazism, but he was correct to note that the term is often used as a code.
In the words of Peter Wood, head of the National Association of Scholars, The campus left learned with its promotion of the concept of diversity the advantages of packaging hard-core ideology in bland, feel-good terminology. Social justice is one of several terms others include dispositions, sustainability, and cultural competence that has been given in-group meanings by the wordsmiths of the cultural Left.
In 2002, for example, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) issued new guidelines requiring education departments that listed social justice as a goal to include some measure of a candidates commitment to social justice when evaluating the dispositions of their students. As soon became clear, this provided education schools a back-door method of ensuring ideological conformity among their students.
At Brooklyn College, Washington State, and Alaska-Fairbanks all public institutions covered by the First Amendment students were punished for voicing opinions that differed from those of the faculty. At Washington State, where the college of education tried to expel a student for his conservative opinions, the dean was asked whether Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could pass a disposition test at the school. Im not sure how to answer that, she replied.
Eventually, NCATE clarified its wording a bit. Sounding very much like Jim Wallis teeing off against Glenn Beck, NCATE protested the attack on the words social justice, saying, To most Americans the phrase social justice is positive and connotes values associated with the Judeo-Christian tradition. The problem is that even in its mildest form, the insistence on dedication to social justice puts schools in a position of judging the acceptability of students political and social opinions.
Other fashionable buzzwords include secure livelihoods and strong economies, which seem to refer to redistribution of wealth, not economic development to create new wealth. (Few of the words are precisely defined, but used in context, they convey the general idea.) Cultural competence may sound like it would refer to knowledge of different cultures. But it really means the acceptance of multicultural ideology and cultural relativism.
The most potent of the current buzzwords is sustainability, which ties traditional environmentalism to the entire left-wing agenda. As Wood says, hundreds of campuses now have sustainability officers, courses that promote the ideology, and most ominously co-curricular programs run through student life and residence halls to educate students about their mistaken worldviews and bring them aboard this new ideological ark. Kathleen Kerr, who ran an astonishing all-out indoctrination program in the residential halls of the University of Delaware (students were all expected to accuse themselves of racism, for example), admitted in a speech that the social-justice aspects of sustainability education included lessons on environmental racism domestic partnerships, and gender equity. We are far from tree-hugging here.
The apparently harmless lingo of the Left cant be taken at face value. It needs an English translation.
John Leo is editor of Minding the Campus, a website of the Manhattan Institute.
As a Catholic I have often been perturbed by the wide swaths of my Church that seem to endorse the “Social Justice Gospel”. And at times it does make you question whether you should leave. Ultimately I concluded that all Churches are human organizations run by men, which have human failings and fall short of the ideal. No Church is perfect since they are all run by men. Better to stick in there and try to make yours the best Church it can be.
I think Beck got it right and this author has it wrong, especially since the words do not have the same meaning that the author attributes to them. Social justice is Marxist language and always has been.
Uh, probably not, you fellow traveler.
Social justice does not appear anywhere in the Bible.
So what happy little meaning do these churches derive from it that couldn’t be better explained by the following:
“Follow the Ten Commandments”
See NCC, National Council of Churches.
I think so too. What the churches are to teach is simply JUSTICE.
If you go to Mt Rushmore, you will learn that our country was established for “life, liberty and social justice”. I kid you not.....................
Beck’s own religion practices “social justice”
SLC harbors and sends out illegal alien mormons to knock on doors as missionaries KNOWING that they are illegal aliens...
Big time “social justice”
The social justice churches are simply the apostate church of the eschaton.
If the church you’re attending doesn’t preach the doctrine of sin and its punishment, and the exclusivity of Christ’s sacrificial substituional atonement,
run for the exit...
no matter how good their youth programs are :).
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Social justice today means Marxist and liberation theology and is against true Christianity.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 (New International Version)
10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
As he says, and as I’ve been saying, it depends what you mean by “social justice.” If you take the words in their proper sense, then it’s a good thing. If you take the words as they are twisted by the Orwellian propagandists of the left, then it’s a bad thing.
In some ways, I think it’s better to quietly suggest the bishops that they need to rethink their propensity to support “social justice” as imposed by government using tax funds. Charity should be voluntary: giving of money and of services. Charity should not be forced.
There are many problems with doing it through the government. First, it is forced. Second, it is highly inefficient. Third, it is easily corrupted by the leftists and their culture of death.
If you cough up $100 in taxes, probably more than 95% of it goes to pay government bureaucrats and building maintenance. And a good part of the rest is used to promote abortion or to break up families and encourage single motherhood.
If you donate $100 to the United Way, probably $90 goes into their pockets and half of the rest is spent on evil purposes.
If you donate $100 to the Salvation Army, most of it will actually be used to help people.
If you give to your church, most of it will be used to help people. If you help out through your church or your local food pantry, all of it will go toward helping people.
Do the bishops really want to build government bigger and bigger, until they take over all the formerly Catholic hospitals because no one has any money left to support them? Then these formerly Catholic hospitals become abortion centers and death clinics?
If Obamacare passes in any form, a ton of money will be taken away from ALL of the private charities and churches, and be given to the government, which will use if for mostly evil purposes.
I think the term "seeking equality" is code for socialism.
The goal of churches should be to spread the gospel of Christ, not wealth redistribution or "equality" in hiring practices.
I think people started doing that, from the Protestant denominations, years ago. That is why they are disappearing in our country. We Catholics who disagree just suck it up, go to Mass, take Communion and ignore it. Find a Mass with a short to non-existent homily. Oh, and refuse to contribute money to any Catholic charity that is pitching this BS. My tipping point: a “green Mass.” As if. Left, went to a later Mass in Spanish. Respectful but unpleasant note to the priest about why I go to Mass, and how it doesn’t have anything to do with dubious scientific assertions.
Beck is right.
If your church is teaching that you should deal compassionately with your neighbor, give from your own pocket to help people in need who cross your path, bless others with what God has blessed you with, then you’re probably in a good church.
If they are teaching you that government should do all those things, you are probably in an apostate church.
If your church is teaching you that we should love and welcome the sinner, then you’re in a perfectly orthodox church. If they are putting unrepentant homosexuals into positions of leadership, get yourself and your family out of there post haste.
There is no biblical reference to having the government steal from one person to give to another. What the bible does advocate is that we give out of the abundance that God has given to us. And charatable giving always increases when taxes are lowered and decreases when taxes are raised
“If you donate $100 to the Salvation Army, most of it will actually be used to help people.”
True, you’d might not be so excited to help some of these “needing people” if you saw a lot of them. At Christmas, I volunteered at the Salvation Army for their present give away.
The place was filled with rude people talking on their blue tooth phones who drove up in their Cadillac Escalades and women carrying $1000 purses.
Many of these people will claim they have 8 children.
I think I’d rather the $90 to go to a lazy government buerocrat.
This social justice movement looks for the government to be the answer, not Christ, his followers and the underprivileged themselves to provide for peoples needs!! Also, these churches preach this garbage exclusively and never go near the preaching of the actual gospel. All the good works in the world are empty if congregants do not receive Christ as savior.
“Social justice” usually refers to the notion that it is somehow “unjust” that someone who works gets paid and someone who doesn’t work, doesn’t.
There is a difference between leaving a church, and leaving the faith. A church is a building, a group of people who worship together. If the values of an invidiual church depart from that of scripture, it is likely worth finding another church.
In most cases, “social justice” is a euphemism for socialism ... and it is as corrupting within the church as is the “prosperity gospel”. “Social justice” churches tend to preach as if Christ was a community organizer, a peacenik, a groovy guy who wore robes and sandals, had long flowy hair, and preached free love. It is a distortion of the gospel for political ends.
Great thread. Thanks to every poster. HOORAY Glenn Beck!
While I agree with Beck about leaving churches that preach social justice, I also strongly urge them to leave any group that doesn’t teach historic Christian Trinitarianism.
They aren’t really Christian.
Learn the lesson of Joseph and the Hebrews. Joseph helped Pharaoh plunder the people to help the people through a crisis, to take their property, to move them into cities, and to make them serfs, paying Pharaoh to take care of them, and Joseph’s great grandchildren became Pharaoh’s slaves. That kind of social justice will turn us into slaves too. The principles of good government are embodied in the ten commandments and the golden rule, beginning with thou shall not use government to steal from others, as you would not have others stealing from you.
Thanks for not keeping this confined to the “religion” forums.
I don’t like to respond there, because it feels like trolling.
Here, these socialist churches can be held in the light and viewed for their actions.
I agree. "Justice" is a legal term... it's an ominous sign when a movement intending to impose legal ramifications on social norms. As for churches having always been about social justice, I have to say, I'm surprised. I thought they were about salvation.
intending = intends ... I didn’t follow through on my edit. Oops.
Jim Wallis servers another Master. Time to call these monsters for who and what they are.
It’s been some time since the majority of our churches have fallen under the sway of the Gramscian long march through the institutions. They are corrupt, and should be treated as such. Make your own arrangement with your Creator. Lose the corrupt middlemen.
I recall Walter Williams offering a $1,000 bounty for anyone who can coherently define “social justice.” I doubt it has been claimed.
At my church they had a couple speak for about 10 minutes after mass about “social teaching” and they invited parishoners to go to the donut social where they had a booth. I checked it out and saw a few books penned by Jim Wallis (Commie/heretic). I knew to walk away when I saw that and many others did too when they saw those books. I was there for about 40 minutes and looked like they drew very few people to talk them and the auditorium was packed. Most people in our parish are very kind, generous people and recognized this heresy for what is.
He is a commie.
He’s worse. He is a monster, using the trappings of religion to sell slavery and submission to tyranny.
“Beware of false prophets who come to you as wolves in sheep’s clothing!”
Catholics do not ignore it, they vote Democrat, 54% of Catholics voted for Obama. Protestants as usual, voted Republican.
Even within the Hispanic vote Catholics are a solid Democrat constituency at almost 70%, while Protestant Hispanics are a roughly 50/50 vote, without Catholics the American left would be sucking air.
"Ignoring" it, is liberalism.
In 2004 Catholics went 52% to 47% for Bush.
In 2008 white Catholics went for McCain 52% to 41%.
41% should be 47%
It is found in the book of Leviticus, where we read 23:22 When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.
May we add a fourth?
Fourth, it directs the recipients' attention, gratitude, and dependency toward a tyrannical slavemaster (government), not the Creator and Source of life and liberty.
In the local church, when an opportunity presents itself, Christians should accentuate these points.
Example: a local government Social Services fund which helps Seniors with heating costs is exhausted and a representative of Social Services ask churches for help in replenishing the fund through the winter, asking for gifts to be made and distributed by SS.
Church A's Community Outreach Committee takes up the request. Members agree that Seniors should be helped and that the SS agency can identify the needs and distribute to those most worthy, but discuss how it should be handled.
One Committee member who is "aware" of the Church leadership's tendency toward the so-called "social gospel," but also understands the "problems" identified above by Cicero, raises questions about filtering Christian charity through a government agency, and persuades Committee members to the following compromise:
A gift will be made for aiding the Seniors, on the condition the Agency will provide to each Senior recipient of donated fuel a note saying, "The money for this fuel has been donated by XYZ Church members out of loving concern for your wellbeing this winter."
Many times, Church organizations simply find it easier to refer needy people to government agencies than to do it themselves or to think through the unintended consequences of doing so. If it's that the leadership believes government is the answer, that's one thing. If it's that no one takes the time to think through the fact that recipients' attention should be directed to the Creator instead of government, that's another.
“social Justice are Leftie code words for ‘creeping, soulless, socialist, enslavement’. And all “clergy” who espouse it are nothing more than Judas heretics. Their souls are damned.
Right, in his reelection Bush won 52% of the Catholic vote, but not in 2000, and Bush won 56% of the Protestant Hispanic vote in that 2004 reelection race.
In the 2008 election you break out the White only vote, which doesn’t change the point, Catholics voted for Obama.
“Kathleen Kerr, who ran an astonishing all-out indoctrination program in the residential halls of the University of Delaware (students were all expected to accuse themselves of racism, for example), admitted in a speech that the social-justice aspects of sustainability education included lessons on environmental racism domestic partnerships, and gender equity.
The best thing that the United States can do to save itself and the rest of Western Civilization would be to close down government bureaucracies that fund crap like this.
That’s called “gleaning”, not “Social justice”. You are confusing mercy with justice
If you break it down between orthodox, church-going Catholics and CINOs, then the Republicans do much better among the Mass-attending Catholics.
Historically, the Catholic Church in America had a LOT of working-class, members from ethnic minorities, who were discriminated against by the WASP establishment: Irish, Italian, Polish, and so forth. Almost all of them were Democrats, which was the party of the workers.
That started to shift when the Democrats went overboard for abortion, gay rights, etc. But it takes a while for such changes to happen. Those Catholics who are loyal to the Church and attend Mass are far more likely to be influenced by such considerations as the right to life.
The shift over from Democrat to REpublican was steady for several decades. Now it seems to have paused. But support for the right to life has been growing among young people and likely will continue to grow.