The major movement for social justice in the U.S. was called the Social Gospel, a movement among liberal Protestant pastors and theological professors. The crux of the social gospel was the belief that God’s saving work included corporate structures as well as personal lives. If it is true that social good and evil are collective in nature, not simply the total of good and evil individuals, then Christians are obliged to work for the reconstruction of the social order. It is part of their religious responsibility.
While Christian movements for social concerns faced the danger of losing the church’s true mission, they left an important reminder that Christians cannot show their concern for people’s eternal destiny unless they also demonstrate their concern for people’s earthly needs.
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