Resolution proposed against "social justice"

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Re: Resolution proposed against "social justice"

Postby Tim Bonney » Thu May 24, 2018 1:15 pm

linda wrote:Hmm. I read the apparently offending post and a passel of the comments. If I'm not wrong, and I surely could be, the anti social justice folks are not anti justice at all. Or anti taking care of the widows and orphans, etc. They are opposed to the words "social justice" being equated not with equality for all, for not letting babies starve, and all those other GOOD things it might mean but rather having become a code word or words for pro abortion, pro gay marriage, and pro asset and income redistribution. In that sense, just as many see "Christian conservative" as some sort of next to Hitler person, many see "social justice warrior" as Marxist leftwing subterfuge.


Many then have no clue as to what social justice is or the long UMC stand for Social Justice. It certainly isn't some Marxist plot, unless you want to make John Wesley a Marxist.

The Methodist Episcopal Church (for runner denomination to the UMC) published its first "Social Creed" in its 1908 Book of Discipline.

The Methodist Episcopal Church stands:

For equal rights and complete justice for all men in all stations of life.
For the principles of conciliation and arbitration in industrial dissensions.
For the protection of the worker from dangerous machinery, occupational diseases, injuries and mortality.
For the abolition of child labor.
For such regulation of the conditions of labor for women as shall safeguard the physical and moral health of the community.
For the suppression of the "sweating system."
For the gradual and reasonable reduction of the hours of labor to the lowest practical point, with work for all; and for that degree of leisure for all which is the condition of the highest human life.
For a release for [from] employment one day in seven.
For a living wage in every industry.
For the highest wage that each industry can afford, and for the most equitable division of the products of industry that can ultimately be devised.
For the recognition of the Golden Rule and the mind of Christ as the supreme law of society and the sure remedy for all social ills.

Social Creed - Methodist Episcopal Church, 1908.


In its very first Discipline as a united Church published in 1968 the First UMC "Social Principles" were published.

Here is a quote from the 1968 Book of Discipline

"The Methodist Church and The Evangelical United Brethren Church, parties to the Plan of Union, have demonstrated a concern for social justice and have taken forthright positions on controversial issues involving Christian principles. John Wesley's opposition to the slave trade and to smuggling was an early expression of work for social justice. Involvement in the struggle for social justice has become an increasingly important part of the Wesleyan tradition."

That's from 50 years ago. So, if you don't want to use the terms "Social Justice" Methodism probably isn't the faith group you should be involved in.
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