Sunday, September 25, 2011

Social Justice versus Charity, what does God want?

When I was at synagogue this week, and the Rabbi did his usual thing before High Holidays (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur).  He asked the congregation what was on its mind and let anyone who raised a hand talk for one minute.  Some comments had a leftist slant.

The one that bothered me the most had to do with the biblical admonition to leave the corners of one's field un-reaped, so as to allow passers-by to have food to eat.

Fine.  I understand this.  It's about charity, right?  The bible instructs us how to be charitable and provide for those less fortunate.  I don't have a problem with that.

What bothers me is when people take a passage like this and state that it stands for Social Justice, in the socialist/marxist sense.  That the state should take the goods of others by FORCE and redistribute it to others.  Wrong.  The bible does not say this, and I disagree that God is a Marxist.

I think God wants us to be our best selves.  And I stand with American Conservatives, who are among the kindest and most charitable people in the world.

11 comments:

LL said...

Charity by choice, not at the point of a spear.

madmath1 said...

Notice how they use that verse for social justice of using force to take from the productive to give to the non-productive or even the idle. What they fail to note that yes, the corners are left un-reaped. What's overlooked is that the poor, the less fortunate, or passer-byers still have to work for their meal. They still have to harvest what they need. They still have to work. So in other words, the verse of Christ "that if a man is unwilling to work, let him not eat." is still sound and goes against the Marxist's notion that it's about "social justice". Social Justice, I'll call it what it is: class warfare, justifies the violation of several commandments, being shall not steal, false testimony and not covet as well as possibly, since one must worship the state, the 1st and 2nd as well. The gist is, God doesn't bless or require us to support idle or slothful people, and trying to pollute charity with justifying socialism to skew the theft of Peter to pay Paul will meet with a great deal of disdain on judgement day.

Just a conservative girl said...

I run into that a great deal myself. This is an election year in my state and I was working for a candidate on primary day. I got to talking to someone who was there trying to get Obama's name on the ballot (must have 10K signatures to qualify). He left the Catholic church he was raised in and is a Christian who believes that Jesus would be a liberal.

I said maybe so on a personal level but he wasn't a politician and he stayed clear of the government. He talked about personal responsiblity.

I also said that there is no chance that Jesus would approve of abortion on demand.

Catawissa Gazetteer said...

You may find this explanation of Catholic social justice teaching interesting (http://bit.ly/8XTFlT). Social justice has been so badly distorted by the Progressives that it's become nearly unrecognizable. But then, isn't that how Satan always works? He takes the truth and then just twists it.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Communism and Liberalism are Godless.

WoFat said...

You want to give? Give.
Your don't. Don't.
Finish business.

Teresa said...

@Catawissa Gazatteer is correct. The progressives are distorting the teachings of the Catholic Church. Quite a few Catholic politicians are causing scandal and need to be excommunicated. This would also send a message to the laity.

Kid said...

Well stated.

Guy Average said...

I agree with Kid. Extremely well stated. There is nothing I can add to your point.

Z said...

You're right, Opus; God wants us to give from our heart, not by force...and we DO give what we can.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Trestin said...

Socialism robs those who receive of gratitude and replaces it with entitlement. It robs those who give of growth and replaces it with resentment.