Social Justice and Eschatology

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2010 at 3:04 pm

when i applied to leadboston i had to answer an essay question concerning “what issues seem essential to advancing social justice in boston today?”

at first glance, this question seemed like a gimme since i have been aware of social injustice and have been attempting to act in ways that i think are just for quite some time. but the more i thought about it, the more thorny the question became. what is the world that social justice is trying to call into being? it’s definitely not that. but what is it? the Kingdom of God? a western democratic system in which everyone shares my ability to consume until their heart is content and meet their perceived individualized needs and desires? a libertarian state in which the safety of the other is protected and no other guidance is provided?

it seems to me that pursuing social justice requires more than a hint of a developed eschatology. other than a strong desire to see “the redemption of all things” and a deep longing for a new heaven and a new earth that is matched only by my lack of comprehension about what that will look like, my eschatology is amorphous, amillenial, a thing i don’ t often consider.

i probably should so something about that.

what about you? as you act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God, what world are you trying to call into being?


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