Social Justice or compassion?

The latest evangelical ministry buzz word is “social justice”, as popularised by Tim Keller and others.  It seems that if you are not involved in “justice” ministries, you may not be that legit or relevant.  

This view is probably in reaction to the evangelical church’s silence and perceived silence on important social issues. The silence of a large swathe of the evangelical church during the Apartheid years in South Africa is often used as an example. 

While I certainly acknowledge that there are massive amounts of injustice in our country, I wonder if “social justice” is the correct term to use when we think about our mandate and motivation as Christians and Christian ministers?  

I may be accused of fiddling with words while Rome is burning, but I think this is an important question.

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