Religion without social justice is hollow

One of the most striking features of my visits to faith communities is the repudiation of social justice. For example, a man angrily approached me two weeks ago saying loudly and in ear shot of others “Dr Boddé it is highly offensive and inappropriate that you highjack this service to talk about violence against women”

For some social justice is an evil philosophy that must be expelled at every opportunity. But at what price?

I’m deeply appreciative of the commitment of people’s quest to get closer to God, but for some, it has become a sanctuary in ceremonies, rituals and formulas; a kind of religious coping against insecurity, fear and competition

In certain Christian circles, Jesus Christ has been reduced to aids to our self-esteem, social adjustment, and personal success.

Yet here’s what I also know to be true:  religion is deepened by my commitment to my neighbour. So

Instead of saying my life matters, Jesus said, “Samaritan lives matter”
Instead of saying my life matters, Jesus said, “Children’s lives matter”
Instead of saying my life matters, Jesus said, “Women’s lives matter”

Saying women’s lives matter by participating in positive cultural change to prevent violence against women is one of the most God-like and hopeful acts you and I can engage in


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