The Common Good

Seeking Justice for all

Date: January 10, 2013

World Vision asked, What does social justice mean for Christians in 2013? Read Jim Wallis' answers below:

There are over 2000 verses in the Bible about poverty. In Matthew 25, Jesus clearly states, “whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” This is a clear biblical call to care for the poor, the forgotten, and the marginalized. Through living out the gospel, we are truly embodying our prayer, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” They’re not mutually exclusive—they’re an intertwined mandate of the whole gospel.

Social justice is a starting place for Christians to create common ground and work together. Social justice focuses on loving your neighbour as yourself, a uniting biblical imperative. It attracts people when they see Christians living a completely different life, a life that puts others first. When churches practice social justice, they are showing that life together can be better. Talk about transformative! Young people are tired of the religion they often see on TV, but when you introduce them to a Jesus who is radically committed to those in need and living on the margins, they get excited.