On Tuesday, John MacArthur and a group of conservative Christians released “The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel,” which declared that social justice is incompatible with Christianity. The document is galling — both in its racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia and in how unashamed it is of all of these things. Here’s a quote:
“We affirm that some cultures operate on assumptions that are inherently better [emphasis mine] than those of other cultures because of the biblical truths that those worldviews that have produced these distinct assumptions.”
Poor sentence construction aside, it’s beyond appalling to see the authors promote this kind of thinly-veiled racism as a core truth of Christianity. If this is what being a Christian meant, I would want no part in it.
In response to this statement, 30 members of Progressive Asian American Christians — a group that owes much of its existence to The Salt Collective and a piece I posted here two years ago — issued “The Statement on God’s Justice,” which refutes MacArthur’s statement and declares that social justice is at the heart of Christianity. It spells out how racial equality, gender equality, economic equality, the affirmation of LGBTQIA+ people, and anti-imperialism are biblical values. Essentially, it outlines all the reasons why I still identify as a Christian, even as people like MacArthur corrupt it and try to claim it as a vehicle of white supremacy, patriarchy, and colonialism.
I hope this document is a gift to you today, as it was to me. If you affirm it, we invite you to sign and share it. (You don’t need to be Asian American to do so.)