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That’s quite a statement from pastor John MacArthur about the hottest topic in the church and mainstream society—social justice.
Sadly, a great division in the Evangelical church has formed over the issue of social justice. One side sees the pursuit of social justice (i.e. working to rectify perceived social inequalities related to ethnicity, gender, privilege, sexuality, economics, and immigration status, to name just a few) as inexorably leading to a neglect of the Great Commission to make disciples first and foremost...
Setting the groundwork for the speaker series events on social justice that is the top will discuss today right here on the Christian worldview radio program with the mission is to sharpen the biblical worldview of Christians and to share the good news that all people can be reconciled to God in faith in Jesus Christ, I'm David. We host the program and our website is a Christian worldview.or will thank you for joining us today in the program as we talk about social justice, the theme of our event coming up in September Christian review speaker series event will type out that more today want to start with a quote quote. It's my conviction that much of the rhetoric about this latest issue social justice poses a more imminent and dangerous threat to the clarity and centrality of the gospel than any other recent controversy. Evangelicals have engaged in.
Unquote that's quite a statement from Pastor John MacArthur about the hottest topic in the church and also in mainstream society.
Social justice tragically, a division in evangelical church has formed over the issue of social justice. One side sees the pursuit of it, i.e. working to rectify perceived social inequalities related to ethnicity, gender, privilege, sexuality, and economic status, immigration status, to name just a few. As inexorably leading to a neglect of the great commission. There were called to make Disciples of Christ first and foremost, it's a distraction from that the other side sees social justice as an implication of the gospel. They'll say social justice is a gospel issue. In other words, Christians are to preach the gospel while working for what they define as social inequities in society trying to end those so which side is right. Why think the question we need to ask is what does the Bible say about social justice and what was the example of the ministry of Jesus and those in the early church did they pursue social justice for we can understand what God's word says and also look to the ministry of Christ is our example then we can think biblically and live accordingly on this issue that has captivated the hearts and minds of this generation for joining us today in the program is Darrell Harris and he is a former fellow of the black theology and leadership Institute at Princeton theological seminary. He's a US Army veteran and expository Bible teacher with a passion for helping Christians understand what they believe and why. He's also the featured speaker at our next the Christian review speaker series event on Sunday, September 15 and also our featured interview guest at the Christian review golf and dinner event on Monday, September 16 and will tell you about those events throughout the program.
Today, let's get to the first segment of the interview with Darrell Harrison today as we set some groundwork for the upcoming the Christian review speakers series event that you're going to be speaking at the Sunday, September 15 here in the Twin Cities on social justice. Let's start out by reading a couple of tweets put out by two people that maybe some of her audience will know one is by Tim Keller. Their well-known pastor from New York. He said Jesus didn't come primarily to solve the economic, political and social problems of the world, he came to forgive our sins next week, folks. The keyword here is primarily, of course, Jesus addresses economic, political and social issues.
See my book generous justice and another tweet by a woman name Rachel held Evans who actually recently passed away in her late 30s she was considered a quite liberal Christian.
She said in response to Tim Keller's tweet.
I think it's because primarily the were primarily suggest that redeeming society culture the world is secondary to Christ's call.
I would strongly disagree with that, and no first century Jew would even conceive of parsing the personal from the collective like this division was always for kingdom, for God's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. For the ultimate year of Jubilee. So there. Darrell, you have two people Tim Keller and Rachel held Evans. Tim Keller's was one who didn't actually sign and even pushed back some against the statement on social justice in the gospel.
That statement so there's a whole realm of perspectives on this issue of social justice.
It's been said that social justice is a gospel issue that certain the mantra of this movement.
So let's start out by having you explain what does this issue of social justice mean to the Christians who are advocating for it is a very very broad question.
I think many evangelical like to see the church become more of an active entity in terms of mission and purpose in society is the term social justice because the emphasis is on how the church can transform society. But what that means in terms of specific. I don't know because the mocha movement doesn't really consist of the cohesive agenda is not led by one person in particular, there is no one mission statement vision statement or set of goals are there trying to achieve what I do know is that those who would acknowledge that they identify with the social justice movement would like to see the church be more deliberate in engaging the world of what many of them were described as the quote "fight you hear them talk to say that the what they're doing around social justice is a fight for justice was to them means creating a society that is equitable or just primarily in terms of economic opportunities and outcomes for people that they were described as being the oppressed and marginalized those terms tossed around a lot. Under those two categories of oppressed and marginalized. You'll you'll hear groups such as black Americans talk about quite often of the minority, such as those who identify as LGBT Q associate those two categories of people that they would say have little or no voice in society and a primary means for implementing those objectives.
Those goals, no solutions that they propose is to politics and legislation that is by electing people to office who are favorable to their social justice agenda by having the laws changed or new laws enacted that will help bring to fruition there for each of an egalitarian society so well stated. I can even add a few of the issues that I read about when Christians talk about social justice, working to your rectify what they perceive as injustices in society due to ethnicity. Of course as well. Race.
Also, gender is a big one. You hear the word privilege. A lot of those who have privilege versus those are perceive not to have privilege, you mentioned the sexuality one economic dimension that another another big one is immigration status that I read an article recently in Christianity today with perspectives from three or four evangelicals on a quote lament over the immigration situation of the border and in terms of that. Pray for justice for these illegal immigrants trying to to cross into America so there's a lot of different issues even environmental justice will hear from evangelicals as well so it spans a wide range of issues in our guest today on the program is Darrell Harrison he's a former fellow of the black theology leadership Institute at Princeton theological seminary and also US Army veteran and expository Bible teacher. He is our featured speaker at the Christian review speaker series event coming up on Sunday, September 15 at 7 PM at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. So Darrell talk about how pervasive this social justice movement is in the evangelical church today very David becoming more pervasive by the day already numerous books have been published by Christian cortical leaders who advocate and promote social justice within the church. I won't name any of them here, but one need only do an Internet search on social justice books and you would have no shortage no shortage whatsoever of selection from which to choose a matter of fact I think life way now has an entire section of its website dedicated to resources that are tied to the topic of racial reconciliation. See below. The likely website search racial reconciliation. You will find an entire section of materials there that are dedicated to that one topic or the most glaring examples of the pervasiveness of the social justice movement within evangelicalism today is that during the annual convention of the largest Protestant Christian denomination America, which is the southern Baptist convention where the messengers as are called there voted on a resolution. It was resolution number nine adopt critical race theory or CRT for short as quote an analytical tool." To assess the ongoing effects of racism and slavery in society today. Don't you get the largest Protestant Christian denomination in America embracing a worldly philosophy as leftist is critical race theory. I don't know how much for the left. You can go in there is also an aspect of the social justice movement within evangelicalism that is advocating for the ordination of women as pastors and elders. That was a big issue again within the southern Baptist convention that was recently also social justice as an ideology of the philosophy of the worldview has many many layers to it.
There many tentacles to this issue is not just economic is not just cultural. There are many many layers to this and it's not only about the pursuit again of economic reform within society that may have been the primary objective in the initial throws of the socialist movement in the early 19th century, for example. But today is also ecclesiastical reform within the church's sociocultural reform within American society as a whole example.
Recently their politicians right now who were trying to outlaw the use of certain words such as illegal alien. This is becoming more and more extreme by the date Harrison again with us today in the Christian worldview. The featured speaker at our Christian review speaker series event on Sunday, September 15. You can find out more about that and I website the Christian worldview.org event is no cost and no registration also be streamed live on her Facebook page out-of-town listeners to the program here, let me add another one that you to the list that you just mentioned Darrell of the things that include social justice within the southern Baptist convention. There, there is a call for reparations for slavery.
In other words, it's an injustice that the southern Baptist convention way back in the day was for slavery and so forth and the line will be at that Kurt, the black community. Of course, and so now, generations later, there is a call for reparations. What are your thoughts on that particular issue because you mentioned women in leadership are churches homosexuals being affirmed in the evangelical church are welcomed in a same-sex attracted your thoughts into. Specifically, the reparations issue okay I guess Darrell Harrison will answer that question after this first break of the day on the Christian worldview were talking about social justice. This topic is the flashpoint of all the political and cultural change that is taking place is being used for the political and cultural change that is desired in our society and also within our churches as well so you neck and want to miss any of that.
The rest of the conversation with Darrell again. I mentioned that he's going to be the featured speaker at our Christian review speaker series event where shift to events back to back days speaker series event on social justice. September 15 that's a Monday, 7 PM Grace Church, Eden Prairie no cost. No registration. The next day as our golf and dinner of interannual event at September 16 that evening at dinner about interpersonal interview with Darrell as well to great event to look for to September morn the Christian worldview.
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Thank you for joining us today on the Christian worldview radio program.
I'm David. We host our website is Christian worldview.or we are setting the stage today setting the groundwork. I guess you could say for the upcoming the Christian worldview speaker series event on Sunday, September 15 here in the Twin Cities with their our guest speaker.
That evening, which is Darrell Harrison and he's the host of the just thinking podcast's website. Just thinking that me he has quite a background and she writes and speaks and extensively on this particular issue of social justice is going to be an excellent speaker.
Hope you can come to the event will tell you more about more details about it today, but let's get back to the interview with Darrell Harrison. Let me add another one that you to the list that you just mentioned Darrell of the things that include social justice within the southern Baptist convention. There, there is a call for reparations for slavery. In other words, it's an injustice that the southern Baptist convention way back in the day was for slavery and so forth and the line will be at that Kurt, the black community. Of course, and so now, generations later, there is a call for reparations.
What are your thoughts on that particular issue a great question and you know host a weekly podcast, and we recently did an episode on that issue. Child slavery reparations and to date, that is the most listened to episode of the 80 something episodes that we've done so far am going to respond to your question as someone who was a descendent not of slaves but of slave owners. I can trace my associate rules all the way back to Guinea-Bissau with Africa and the blogs are tried who actually participated willingly with Europeans and the Portuguese to fellow members of their own families their own tribes and other tribes who they conquer other African tribes to sell them as slaves in exchange for forming tools, my people wore bright harvesters back in and they still are today, so I I speak to you as someone who was a black man who was a descendent of slave owners not of slave so for folks who would support slavery reparations. You know, my question would be to demo how do you deal with someone like me with that as background probably will need to save this now, but I do not support slavery reparations. I think the biblical apologetic that I would offer to support my position on that is that I think reparations and restitution is only applicable to sin that are actually committed by an individual that you can objectively identify as acidic as an offender and in the case of slavery reparations were talking about attributing the guilt of generations past to a present generation by proxy.
It is what I call sin by proxy you are you trying to apply the sin that someone's past generations of ancestors may have may or may not have committed. We don't know what the brush is being painted so broadly against white people any white person to where even in the church, you have people calling for reparations for sins that were not committed against them personally, but may have been committed against their ancestors by ancestors of white people and that is just a totally un-biblical frame of mind to have that is part of the dialogue within the church. Unbelievably, so it is called the dialogue within the evangelical church and the voices in support of reparations are getting louder and louder. Harrison is our guest today on the Christian worldview. He is the host of the podcast just thinking his website is just thinking.me he's also our featured speaker at the Christian worldview speaker series event on Sunday, September 15 at Grace Church Eden Prairie, Minnesota at 7 PM no cost. No registration just come you'll think gain from my hearing Darrell speak on this topic. There also be a Q&A following his message. We talked about some of the issues that are part of the spectrum of social justice.
But there's one issue Darrell that I think is probably truly the greatest injustice in our society and that is the injustice of the killing of the unborn 60 million around their abortions. Babies have been killed since Roe V Wade was instituted in the 1970s and yet that particular issue of innocent lives in the womb. Having no say, having done nothing wrong being snuffed out before they had a chance at life.
That seems to me to be the greatest injustice in our society, but that issue is rarely mentioned even amongst Christians who are advocates for social justice.
Why is that what is one that I wish I had an answer to, but I don't know what would think that given the impact of abortion on black families and communities, especially in recent decades with upwards of 18 million units and 60 million total since Roe V Wade in 1973. Of that 60 million 18 million of those have been unborn black babies being murdered in the womb you look at that, combined with the reality that the majority of the voices advocating for social justice in the church today are black, you would think that abortion would be mentioned as a social justice issue, but that is not the case is just not the case.
In effect, a recent New York Times article just this week featured two black male pastors and a black female Planned Parenthood employee. All of these three holes are based in St. Louis, Missouri. The article featured these individuals and they were actually arguing or making the case that the reason abortion rates among black women is so high is because of cortical social forces rather use the phrase social forces that give these women know choice but to abort their unborn children, so it is only within that context OKs only one that within that contract that abortion is ever mentioned alongside social justice that is in the context that social forces are currently working against black people. Economically and until those social forces are removed, then abortions will decrease as a result so outside of that content you will never hear abortion mentioned strictly as a cortical gospel issue. That is, you'll never hear it missing the context of the unborn, having a right to exist because he or she is created in the image of God as we know from Genesis 127. The reasons rarely if ever mentioned that the social deposition that many black Christians that I have to be brutally honest here. Many black Christians, including many black pastors are married ideologically and politically to the Democratic Party, which is itself is married philosophically to Planned Parenthood now I say that not with the intent of getting political but in answering the question you posed.
You cannot answer the question honestly without making that connection so to a great great degree black Christians are married to a worldview, a political ideology that is married to Planned Parenthood and for that reason they cannot mention abortion is simply simply a biblical issue without also attaching it to their social justice agenda. Harrison was us today on the Christian radio programs going to be our featured speaker at the upcoming the Christian Realty speaker series event on Sunday, September 15 7 PM Grace Church, Eden Prairie, no registration, no cost for that event be also be live streamed on Facebook if you don't live in the Twin Cities area is also a host of the just thinking podcast. He blogs at just thinking.me there's some proof text for those who advocate for the social justice. Of course from Scripture, maybe the greatest one is Micah 68. He has told you, oh man, what is good and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God. Also the second greatest commandment. You'd love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. As the first and second is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself. The New Testament says to visit orphans and widows. Another proof text is Matthew 25, or Christ, as if you've done it to the least of these, the other poor, the hurting, the those in jail and prison and so forth. You've done it to me helping those. So what what does it mean from Scripture as it says in Micah 68. There to do justice David Micah 683 go to for Mooney evangelical photograph of advocates that a legal contract for the vast majority of them and they latch on to the words and at first the two words that read do justice.
Okay, they latch onto those two words that are in the second half of that verse and they use those words alone just that phrase do justice as a rationale for saying that justice is a cortical gospel issue. But before we asked the question, how should Christians practice justice.
There are some antecedent questions that must be at, not the least of which exists, what is the word justice mean in that case. In Micah 68 exactly in Micah 68. The word justice is the Hebrew word Miss Scott is a judicial term that has to do with rendering a legal verdict in court.
Okay, so that's what the word justice means in Micah 68. So in other words, with the justice that God is speaking out here in Micah 68 has to do with rendering just verdicts just decisions just judgment. It has nothing to do with the church working in the world to bring about some egalitarian society in which everyone is equal.
Okay Darrell is going to get the rest of that answer on the difference between biblical justice and social justice rest of the second break of the day here on the Christian Realty radio program again if you just joined us were talking about social justice.
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Darrell Harrison is a former fellow of the black theology leadership Institute at Princeton theological seminary that does a lot of other things we won't have time to get all in today, but that will be interviewing them on a personal note at our golf and dinner event which is the day after the speaker series event the golf and dinner vendor September 16 what time to maybe attend the program to tell you more about that as well but I want to get back to the interview with Darrell Harrison there some proof text for those who advocate for the social justice. Of course from Scripture, maybe the greatest one is Micah 68. He has told you, oh man, what is good and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.
What does it mean from Scripture as it says in Micah 68. There to do justice in Micah 8 the word. The Hebrew word miss Scott is a judicial term that have to do with rendering a legal verdict in court the justice that God is speaking out here.
It has to do with rendering just verdicts just decisions just judgment. It has nothing to do with the church working in the world to bring about some egalitarian society in which everyone is equal okay and keep in mind that this text in Micah 68 is addressed to believers, not unbelievers.
Okay, the last Micah 68 resist and to walk humbly with your God. Okay which is to say that then the commands of those who belong to God. It is not a general command of the broader society, nor is it a command for the church to transform the world in terms of the social justice mandate that one verse that one verse.
David has been so manipulative, so misapplied, so misunderstood by evangelical social justice advocate is because very, very much division in the church today that one verse. If there is one verse of Scripture for which the church needs to have an apply a proper biblical hermeneutics, especially to the issue of social justice that one verse has to be Micah 68. Been absolutely abused. What about then the example of Jesus and his ministry in the apostles or the early church regarding social justice. It will was at a priority or even a secondary thing that they they pursued what was their example and example we find in Matthew chapter 11 versus 224. This is Jesus's response to John the Baptist while John the Baptist was in prison as we know from the text.
John the Baptist has been unjustly imprisoned first to Matthew 11 we now when John while imprisoned heard of the works of Christ. He fit word by his disciples that is John the Baptist sent word to Jesus by a couple of John the Baptist disciples. Jesus of course is well aware not only that John is in prison. But why imprisoned in verse three of Matthew 11. John's disciples asked Jesus this question.
Are you the expected one or shall we look for someone else. From the standpoint of social justice.
Jesus, knowing that John was imprisoned unjustly sugar free Jell-O from prison that would've been the just thing for Jesus to do according to the social justice argument. John the Baptist has been unjustly imprisoned. Jesus therefore obligated to write that injustice and the only way to do that is to free John from pregnant right but but but see Jesus doesn't do that as I sit. Jesus knows that John is imprisoned unjustly, but instead of freeing God. Jesus gleams John there knowing that Joe will soon be executed now unjustly likes unless justly yes, unjustly the emphasis about this dialogue here must be that John is imprisoned unjustly.
He's going to be executed on just what the narrative of the entire social justice argument is injustice unjust. This is either unjust or less injustice with Jesus's response to Joe's disciple is a lesson to us all and what is of most importance to God, what should be of most importance of the church. Verse four and Matthew 11 read go everyplace is Jesus's response to God. Go and report to John what you hear and see verse five the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up in the poor have the gospel preached to them the poor have the gospel preached to them that this is significant. David, because the Jesus of the social justice movement would've fit this, the poor have job or the poor have homes in which to live or that the poor have food on the table but notice that in all that Jesus said in response, John the Baptist in his message to be taken back to John the Baptist. The poor were mentioned last.
And Jesus singled them out. Not for having met all their felt needs before what was the most important thing in this world, even to the poor, which is having the gospel preached to them so that their souls might be saved for all eternity.
Thank you for that Darrell Darrell Harrison. I guess today here on the Christian world you he is going to be the featured speaker at the Christian Realty speaker series event on Sunday, September 15.
I really hope you can come to this and if you're not living in the area of the Twin Cities. Hope you can watch live on Facebook the event at 7 PM Grace Church, Eden Prairie more information on our website the Christian real viewed.org you can find out more about Darrell at his website just thinking.me lots of excellent podcasts and articles on his website. I want to read a quote Darrell by Pastor John MacArthur he said with regard to the social justice movement he said is my conviction that much of the rhetoric about this latest issue social justice poses a more imminent and dangerous threat to the clarity and centrality of the gospel than any other recent controversy. Evangelicals have engaged in. Unquote that is that is quite us a statement about this issue and I think there might be some people listening are my thinkable would it be nice to have better equality with the way people treat each other and in our society and your racial relations and treatment of women in certain cases and an economic storm. We want to see poor people not be mired in poverty and we don't want immigrants treated well and so forth that they might read that: say what's the danger here means social justice business, at its core a good thing. Are we kinda splitting hairs here. So what is the danger Darrell of having of this social justice movement within the church requested this way, Christians must understand first and foremost that God's people are commanded to do, not social justice. I want to repeat that the people of God professing Christians. Those who profess to have been regenerated and come to faith in Jesus Christ.
We must understand that we are commanded in Scripture to do justice, not social justice.
In many ways social justice. I use that phrase in air quotes social justice in many ways is the worldview of the philosophy social justice is a violation of God's command in Leviticus 1915 the text reads this way the conflicting 15 you shall do no injustice and judgment.
You should not be partial to the poor, nor defer to the great you are to judge your neighbor fairly nail some your listeners may be surprising that Texas versus those who are unfamiliar with. But in God's economy is also wrong to show partiality to the poor. Social justice largely give deference to the poor, which, as I just read is sin in the eyes of God. God God's people are to show partiality neither to the poor, nor to the wealthy will get justice.
As we discussed earlier, is a judicial concept is the same thing here in Leviticus 1915 you shall do no injustice in judgment in your decisioning into verdicts that you render in the conclusion that you draw there should be no injustice in that. Okay so it's not a matter of meeting people felt me that is. That is how social justice is largely defined within the world as well as within the church that is a matter of meeting people felt needs in terms of equality and making sure everything levels out but as we just saw in the Matthew 11 passage, Jesus did both. But in doing both. Jesus prioritized meeting the spiritual needs of the poor over and above meeting their material and felt needs. Remember Jesus it back to John the Baptist word that he seemed the dead raised lepers claims the death here, the blind see. So yeah Jesus did meet felt me, but as we talked about. Most importantly, Jesus met the spiritual needs of the poor. This is why Jesus emphasized the Met 11. He literally said this is spell this out. The poor had the gospel preached to them, so those who will say that neglecting social justice is neglecting the gospel. I will say they don't really understand the gospel. I hope this is giving you a good flavor, good taste of what's to come in her upcoming speaker series event on September 15 at 7 PM Grace Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota with Darrell Harris on social justice. This is important to have a sharp biblical worldview on this issue. That is why were doing this event important to free events.
No cost is no registration just come more coming up with Darrell Harrison after this final break of the day in the Christian world view.
I'm David Wheaton the next Christian worldview speaker series and is on Sunday, September 15 at 7 PM Grace Church, Eden Prairie. It features Darrell Harrison presenting on how social justice impacts the gospel and the church. Darrell is a former fellow of the black theology leadership Princeton theological seminary and expository Bible teacher. He has a passion for helping Christians understand what they believe and why. He'll do just that with the issue of social justice, followed by a Q&A moderated by host no cost. No registration just come. The event will also be live streamed on the Christian will be Facebook page for more information: one 646-2233 or visit the Christian world.org the Christian will be speaker series with Darrell Harrison Sunday, September 15 at 7 PM Grace Church and Prairie: one 646-2233 or visit the Christian world.org the prosperity gospel is a prominent false gospel that God offers health, wealth and prosperity.
If you just have faith and give money costing can crew up on the inside of the prosperity gospel movement. His uncle is world renowned prosperity preacher Benny in custody sought all the manipulation staged healings, luxuriant lifestyles and perversion of Scripture before God open because these guys to understand sound doctrine and believe in the true gospel.
Now a pastor cost. He has written an important book entitled God read in the prosperity gospel which chronicles his own experience and gracefully points the reader to the truth of Scripture for limited time you can order this 224 page softcover book or donation of any amount to the Christian world normal retailer 1799. Without shipping to order call 1888 646-2233 or visit the Christian were.org. We are setting the groundwork today for the Christian world you speaker series event on social justice this Monday, September 15 here in the Twin Cities. Our guest for the event. There's presenting speaker is Darrell Harrison. He is a former fellow of the black theology leadership Institute at Princeton theological seminary and excellent on this issue, giving us a biblical perspective on it were just think some groundwork today on the issue so that when he speaks on September 15 will have a come a working understanding of what social justice is what's at stake what's going on. He's in a dive right into it, followed by a Q&A that evening as well high. As I mentioned earlier.
Fire call quartet is going to be providing music that that's that that's going to be a great addition to that evening's event and I will tell you. He's also going to be on deals and get the next day revving events to events back to back in September 16 it's a Monday were having our annual golf and dinner event and I'll tell you more about that after we get to the remaining moments here with Darrell Harrison on social justice. The danger then of prioritizing social justice for Christians is that stuff that they should advocate for justice, rights versus wrongs, but the danger of prioritizing this this version of of social justice. That's concocted by society not within the church is that it leads to neglect of the proclamation of the true gospel then right directly right because he did we have to we have to ask ourselves in front of the whole issue of social justice. What is the gospel. The fundamental question to this whole discussion.
What is the gospel. Do we as Christians who are engaging on the subject of social justice will even understand what the gospel is one of the gospel up against all these other religions worldview.
You have to be able to articulate what the gospel is first and the gospel declares objectively what is right what is wrong what is just what is unjust, what is the sin what is not a fit when we buy into the world view of what justice is little social justice. Those laws become bored and as we can see every day in society. David what the world deems to be) will change every day, but every minute it changes so we, as Christians, we cannot be so caught up in the social justice conversation that we are entrapped by how the world defines what is right and what is just and unjust.
Christians must be dogmatic and sticking to a biblical context of what is right and what is wrong what is just what is unjust, which is why I'm so dogmatic about making the distinction between what the Bible talks about with respect to godly justice and not social justice. When we obey God. There's justice when we don't obey God. This, in just one looking for to you digging much more in the dislike as you said earlier, there's so many issues there's so much to this particular topic.
This is the hottest topic, not only within the church but also in broader society. I think it really defines so much of the political battles going on today. The worldview that's that's vying for the heart and soul of America and I'm looking forward to hearing you talk about that. Also, versus social justice movement come from was the inspiration for me won't get into that today, but I'm looking forward to you giving a little bit of history where it comes from and lots of other things. So I guess my final question is for you.
I don't think you ever been to Minnesota Darrell what are you looking forward to about coming to the great North State of Minnesota and coming for the Christian review speaker series event. But apart from the very first time and have an opportunity to fellowship with other believers. I'm looking forward to seeing some of the beauty of Minnesota.
I was just recently did earlier this week doing a little bit of due diligence on Minnesota with the Internet for something about Minnesota and I know that the state slogan there state motto is land of 10,000 lakes but from what my research found there over 11,200 lakes in Minnesota so I hope to see a couple of those, at least at least a couple of those. I know I will be there load up and take it all 11,000 of them, but I know that Minnesota is a beautiful beautiful state and am looking for the just taken in some of the beauty of God's creative genius there in Minnesota again to fellowship with other believers that I can't wait to get there. We can't wait to have you come as well. Essentially making time for us for this event. The Christian review speaker series event on Sunday, September 15 again 7 PM Grace Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota at the southwest suburbs of the Twin Cities that event and also going to be coming for the next day revving another event. The next day which is our annual golf and dinner event and that's open to listeners as well. You only need to be a golfer to come if you're a golfer you're gonna love playing at what Hill is one of the best courses in the states, but if you're not a golfer.
Lots of folks come just for the dinner event in Darrell's can be our featured interview guest at the dinner portion that evening were going to get more of a personal look at Darrell's life is background and so forth. Maybe talk a little about social justice there as well but we want to get to know a little better at that event. So were thankful you're coming up for both of these events. Darrell thanks for coming on the program today. We just wish all of God's best, and grace to you between now and the time we see you and I think you're coming on the program. I'll see you in a few weeks, brother. Okay were looking forward to having Darrell Harrison come up to Minnesota for both the Christian review speaker series and also the annual golf and dinner event. You can find out more about those events at our website the Christian were viewed.org or you can call us in our office at one AAA eight 646-2233 just remount the golf and dinner event is a registration of a gift registered by September 3 for that particular event thing is the day after Labor Day September 3, we need a little advance notice for meals and that kind thing for the event venue. Again, these are two separate events, but on back-to-back days that the speaker series event is is that a speaking event would Darrell speaking on social justice at the no registration, no cost event. The higher call quartet will be providing music for that were also ministering that live on Facebook and then the next day, Monday, September 16 is a separate event, but of course are taking advantage of Darrell being intolerant have met that event as well to but that's not so much commence social justice. That's gonna be on during the special live radio interview at the dinner event were going to focus on his background.
What made him the person he is his just a personal story has a very interesting personal story as well so hope you can come to both. Or maybe one of the other and again find out email@example.com. I learned a lot, even from the the interview today just setting the groundwork for for these upcoming events with Darrell about that that the need really for us as Christians to be discerning about whether what is being called quote injustice is actually an injustice that were due justice in Micah 68 has to do with a legal decorations what is right and what is wrong biblically, not necessarily just perceived things that we deem inequitable in society today that aren't necessarily injustices as the Bible defines justice must be discerning, think biblically and live accordingly on this very very important and prominent issue that's affecting our society and the church come to our vents.
You'll find out more and be sharpened.
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