The Lifeblood of the Innocent Poor (EC Blog #3)

I found this “battle poster” on a Salvation Army website. I don’t know why they have Jeremiah 29.11 on there, however. A much more appropriate passage from the prophet Jeremiah would be something like Jeremiah 2.33-35:

How well you direct your course to seek lovers! So that even to wicked women you have taught your ways. Also on your skirts is found the lifeblood of the innocent poor, though you did not catch them breaking in. Yet in spite of all these things you say, “I am innocent; surely his anger has turned from me.” Now I am bringing you to judgment for saying, “I have not sinned.”

From what I can gather, it seems that most of us (you Seniors and I) have been raised in similar backgrounds vis-à-vis our Christianity, namely evangelical. For this blog entry, I want to ask you: do you think American evangelical Christianity has let (especially conservative) politics exert an undue amount of influence on the way we live out the call of Christ to a life of God-sized compassion, radical self-sacrifice, and unseemly zeal for God’s way?

When I ask this, I can’t help but think about how the term “social justice” often evokes the idea of left-wing radicals. Do you agree with me? What would you say are some issues we face in America today that evangelical Christians need to take a second look at? Why?

Also, just for fun, what would you say is the most striking passage on social justice in the Prophets that you have come across? How does that passage apply to the issues that have come to your mind?

If you are not a student of mine, you can view this entry for a brief explanation of what I’m doing here.