Red Church, Blue Church, Kind Church, True Church. How Christianity Informs Social Justice
“You’ll never hear of a conservative church doing anything substantial for the poor around us," a friend told me one time when talking about an influential church in our town. The church that was more conservative or orthodox in its theology did, in fact, have a significant ministry to the poor and needy, but not in comparison to the money and energy that the church spent on church planting and foreign missions. Meanwhile, the churches that were more liberal theologically spent a lot of time and energy on care for the poor and meeting physical needs but very little on evangelism, church planting, and missions.
Which one of these philosophies is right? The felt needs church is certainly celebrated and loved more by the world, but the more missional church seems to be getting at something that is clearly important to the heart of God according to the Bible. With that said, the felt needs church is clearly echoing something that is plainly seen in the ministry of Jesus. Throughout his ministry, Jesus is regularly meeting physical needs. On the other hand, if spiritual needs are truly the greatest needs that people have, then maybe evangelism and church planting do serve the needs of the world.
Is there any way for a church to do both of these well? If the gospel truly moves us to pursue the things that are at the heart of God, and if justice and mercy are at the heart of God, then shouldn’t evangelism and mercy ministries be tied to one another? How should Christians begin to think about these things?
Well if you have any thoughts on these matters or if you have asked these questions then I invite you to join me on Thursday night for the Spotted Cow. The Spotted Cow is an event for men to come together, eat meat, sit around a fire, and talk about the important issues of theology and culture. We meet at the Covenant Collective at 7pm, come hungry for smoked meat and ready to engage in an important conversation.
The Covenant Collective
2451 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Thursday, March 28th at 7pm