Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Social Justice

I'm writing this in response to research I've recently done on Judaism that has brought up a sore spot that I encountered with liberal christians, (especially Jim Wallis) the idea that Social Justice is the supreme will of God.

The problem with this viewpoint is that it FUNDAMENTALLY violates the 3rd commandment:

'You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.'

Now, most people simply means that we shouldn't us God, in swearing... For instance stating "God Damn" would be the traditional viewpoint of violating this Commandment.

The fundamental problem with this point of view is that the punishment for simply using God's name wrong does not at all compare with the other nine commandments, like adultery, murder and covetous behavior. The only answer is that what this Commandment is talking about USING God for your own means. Look at the direct hebrew translation:

Exodus 20:7a

la-shav: To Vanity, this is obviously a reference to the self, the individual.

el-lo-hey-kha: the holy name of God

Et-Shem-Adonai: The Name of "God" (Adonai is the generic word for God)

Tis-Sa Lo: You shall not take.


You shall not use the name of God for self glorification.

These individuals that promote social justice (AKA Marxism) are doing so in the name of God.

GOD wants you to PERSONALLY help the poor, not have the government redistribute wealth to them and enslave them in poverty.
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