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Editor’s note: This column is part of a point-counterpoint about evangelical Christians and social justice. Read the other side here.
We live in a world of injustice. Murder, theft, racism, abuse and oppression are all around us, and evangelical Christians are currently involved in an internal discussion about the best way to address such injustice in the world, based on our common Christian beliefs.
I cannot speak for anyone but myself, but here is what I consider the core biblical truths that should inform any Christian thinking regarding injustice.
We believe that the Bible is our supreme authority for all things; the Bible has the ultimate answers for injustice that occurs in our world. First, the Bible teaches that all people are equally made in the image of God. All people have descended from the same parents, and thus there is only one race — the human race. No matter a person’s age, gender, religion, occupation or ethnicity, every person has equal value and thus must be treated with equal respect and dignity.
And the Bible also directly diagnoses the root of injustice: sin. Injustice is any act that violates God’s moral law. Since God is holy and righteous, he requires that all people…