MYTH: Social Justice is Worship…
Amos 5:23-24 Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! Matthew 25:44-45 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
It may seem like an open and shut case that “social justice” is what worship is. I would concur that if we as believers do not act as such there is obviously consequences we surely do not want to face in the after-life. Also, it is clear that worship without justice is meaningless and empty. But, is it worship? Is social justice our focus of worship? No.
The danger here is losing the centrality of Jesus in our worship by simply focusing almost in a pantheism-Jesus-is-the-poor mindset and miss that they are not Jesus. Jesus is Jesus. Jesus is our focus. By gazing at Jesus in worship the obvious sign of our love for him is poured out in being filled with justice and righteousness.
The real judgement I think is in the loss of our focus on the supremacy of Christ as our object of worship. We can turn to idols even the good things. Here is the premise I want to hear from you about: Good works are a result of worship. Not the other way around.