Voddie Baucham, Jr. is Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, TX. He has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, TX, and Union University in Jackson, TN.
Dr. Baucham addresses the meaning of social justice and explains that the term doesn’t mean what we think it means. He quotes Dr. William Young, who defines social justice as the redistribution of advantages and resources to disadvantaged groups to satisfy their rights to social and economic equality. In theological terms, God demands justice, and therefore injustice is “sin.” Accordingly, any disagreements cannot be allowed as this would be “injustice” and contrary to the Divine will.
But It’s important to remember that social justice is not about whether the individual experiences success. It is always about the group: it is important to identify disadvantaged groups that require justice. And it’s not about numbers. Take women, for example. They comprise more than half the population but are still considered disadvantaged.
This leads to the concept of “identity politics,” i.e., what politicians will do for “our group.” If some group is not doing well – never mind any particular individual – we need to find out who is to blame. There needs to be a redistribution of resources to address any disparities.
If we claim that the individuals in any particular group are responsible for their own disadvantages, that would amount to the dreaded accusation of “victim blaming.” In fact, social justice assumes that those in “privileged” groups – as, for example, white people, who are successful, financially or otherwise, have acquired those resources illegitimately. According to social justice, the answer is to redress the perceived grievances. The fact that extremely high-paying professional sports is dominated by players of another color is an anomaly that is ignored or considered just.
Social justice demands that resources that are “unjustly” gained be transferred to those of an underrepresented minority. Accordingly, a white person who started from nothing and became successful means nothing and is still considered the unjust one. On the other hand, someone from a minority family of financial means deserves whatever privileges they enjoy.
Thus, central to the idea of social justice is the idea of “redistributive justice.” According to its adherents, only this can guarantee genuine democracy.
Dr. Baucham cites the largest online professed Christian community that is claiming to fight for social justice. The site, Faithful America, lists their victories and exploits in fighting for social justice. Topping the list is their fight against a company called Hobby Lobby, which has stood for Christian values. Number two on the list of Faithful America’s list of “victories” is convincing Google to delist World Vision, a worldwide Christian ministry. Third on the list is their success in forcing MSNBC to drop the Family Research Council, which fights for Christian values in Washington DC.
A pattern is beginning to emerge. Faithful America also defended a pastor who was defrocked for performing a same-sex wedding in violation of the stated principles of his denomination. If we recall the social justice assertion that injustice is “sin,” then standing for traditional marriage and refusing to sanction gay marriage is considered “sinful” behavior.
According to Dr. Baucham, the social justice movement centers on three main areas. The first is minority equality; the second is feminism and women’s rights; and the third is the LGBTQA+ movement, which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, the allies of the aforementioned, and anyone other aberrant sexuality not on this list.
Dr. Baucham refers to the classic gay propaganda strategy book of the last century, After the Ball, How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Homosexuality in the 1990’s. The book describes three strategies to accomplish this goal: desensitizing, jamming, and conversion. All involve acclimatizing “normal” heterosexuals to seeing – and eventually accepting – LGBTQA+ people by “bombarding” them through television, movies, the media, and the educational system to “getting used to” their abnormal lifestyle. Those who resist are to be identified with neo-Nazis and the KKK, etc.
Thus, it has come about that those who hold to marriage and family as historically understood have become the enemies of “social justice.” If such a thing can be imagined, it has come to the point where the views of traditionalists are considered “sinful,” and worthy only of an unforgivable disapproval until if and when they “see the light” and not only tolerate but celebrate the homosexual lifestyle.