Nearly 10,000 clergy members have signed a document called The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel. Clearly following on the heels of last year’s Nashville Statement, what makes this document so troubling is that these pastors clearly disregard everything that Jesus spoke about and taught in the Bible. Here’s what the statement says:
We affirm that the Bible is God’s Word, breathed out by him. It is inerrant, infallible, and the final authority for determining what is true (what we must believe) and what is right (how we must live). All truth claims and ethical standards must be tested by God’s final Word, which is Scripture alone.
We deny that Christian belief, character, or conduct can be dictated by any other authority, and we deny that the postmodern ideologies derived from intersectionality, radical feminism, and critical race theory are consistent with biblical teaching. We further deny that competency to teach on any biblical issue comes from any qualification for spiritual people other than clear understanding and simple communication of what is revealed in Scripture.
Basically saying this:
“We emphatically deny that lectures on social issues (or activism aimed at reshaping the wider culture) are as vital to the life and health of the church as the preaching of the gospel and the exposition of Scripture.”
These pastors aren’t ashamed to admit to the world that they don’t give a damn about helping the poor and the sick and those that many are deemed as outcasts.
These pastors don’t care that Galatians 2:10 gives us only one directive in our mission of love and that’s to “help the poor”. And it also says we should be “eager to do it”. But these pastors don’t give a damn about anyone. They stand behind their pulpits every Sunday and preach love and humility yet have the nerve to sign a denial letter like this.
All this to say:
These pastors would prefer to let the poor stay poor. They’ll let the sick stay sick and the weak remain weak. They don’t care about the LGBTQIA community or people of color or women’s rights or any cause that they feel goes against their egotistical beliefs. But this is America where it’s either “Make America White Again” or “Get out of my country”.
I just hope these pastors can one day remember this verse from Luke 1:50-55 (NLT):
He shows mercy from generation to generation
to all who fear him.
His mighty arm has done tremendous things!
He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
He has brought down princes from their thrones
and exalted the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away with empty hands.
He has helped his servant Israel
and remembered to be merciful.
For he made this promise to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his children forever.”