There has been much debate today about the church’s resurgence to serving the poor. Good and Bad. Some believe it to be a strategic attack against consumerism, some a potentially dangerous return to historical social gospel, some a superficial attempt by the church to follow Hollywood and remain socially relevant, and others to be an honest attempt to respond to the biblical invitation to “Pure Religion”.
I’ve heard some describe today’s movement as “Gospel Justice”, a seemingly intentional attempt to contrast with yesteryear’s “Social Gospel”.
I’d love your thoughts. Why is this happening? Is it a good thing? What are you seeing in your community? In your church? Impact? Fears? Theological ramifications? Gospel implications? What are you doing… and why?