Social Justice Isn’t Justice

Social Justice Isn't Justice

Social Justice Isn’t Justice

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You’ll see a lot of references to justice in the Bible, but you’ll never see the word “social” precede it. Why? Is it simply because social justice is a new cause that post dates the Bible? Or is it because social justice, by its very nature, is directly at odds with justice as the Bible defines it? Allie Beth Stuckey, host of Relatable on BlazeTV, takes a fresh look at this important issue.

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Script:

The Lord is a God of social justice. 

That’s the message in many—maybe most—churches and synagogues in America and the West today.

But here’s the problem: The Bible doesn’t actually say that. It says (in Isaiah), “The Lord is a God of justice.” You’ll find a lot of references to justice in the Bible. But you’ll never find it preceded by the word “social.”

But you’re probably thinking, “What’s the difference? Isn’t God the God of justice and social justice?” Well, not if He’s consistent. You see, God cannot be the God of justice and social justice because social justice is not just.

Justice is getting what you deserve without favor. Social justice is getting what you don’t deserve because you are favored. 

Justice is blind. Social justice is not.

Let’s say a man robs a store. Justice demands but one thing: that he be tried in a court of justice, and, if he is found guilty, punished. 

That is not how social justice works. Social justice doesn’t only ask if the person is guilty. It asks about his economic condition: Is he poor or wealthy? About his upbringing: What kind of childhood did he have? About his race or ethnicity: Is he a member of a group that has been historically oppressed?

Justice demands that everyone be equal under the law. Social justice demands that everyone be equal. Period. Economically, socially, and in every other possible way.

Justice asks, “Who did it?” Social justice asks, “Why did he do it?”

Lost in all these social justice considerations is the individual’s own responsibility for what he did. That’s why social justice advocates have abandoned the term “justice.” They deem justice alone as unfair. And sometimes it is. A man who was beaten by his father and abandoned by his mother is more likely to commit a violent crime than a man raised in a loving home. But those facts cannot and should not determine his innocence or guilt. 

Why? Because justice is, first and foremost, about truth: Is the person guilty or innocent of the crime? None of us is omniscient. We don’t know why people do what they do. After all, the vast majority of people raised in abusive homes do not commit violent crimes. Nor do the vast majority of people who are members of an historically oppressed group. 

Being a victim, however that is defined, is no excuse for hurting other people. And what about those who are hurt—the victims of those crimes? Shouldn’t they, and other law-abiding citizens, be society’s first consideration?

Social justice advocates say no. They say we need social justice to even things out. And that means favoring the have-nots over the haves—the poor over the rich, the female over the male, and the brown or black over the white.

The Bible does not see the world this way. In fact, it speaks against it in very explicit terms. 

Here’s a law in the Book of Exodus: “Do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, and do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit.”

Here’s one in Leviticus: “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great but judge your neighbor justly.”

Moses, the greatest lawgiver in history, declares in Deuteronomy: “Follow justice and justice alone.”
And the New Testament declares in the Book of Romans: “God shows no partiality.”

None of this means that there is no place for compassion in a system of justice. Of course, there is. The Bible is preoccupied with the protection of the widow, the orphan, and unfortunate. But compassion follows justice. It doesn’t precede it. 

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48 thoughts on “Social Justice Isn’t Justice

  1. Irina Georgescu

    Lmfao this is the stupidest thing i've seen in a while

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  2. Maestrul Gamer

    3:23-That's still better than showing favoritism to the rich,like the capitalism does!

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  3. Maestrul Gamer

    I actually like social justice more after this video!

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  4. Cheyenne Alvis

    Wait so does that mean you guys think the Capitol hill rioters who murdered that cop should be punished?

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  5. Cheyenne Alvis

    He wanted us to kill gay people and the people of a foreign city. He was not for social justice lol

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  6. eyalsi 10

    This analysis is shallow and spreads misinformation. You're basically taking verses from the bible and pretty much ingnoring everything else. Social justice (especially defence of the weakest in an economical sense) is one of the foundations of the ancient Hebrew law. True, when it comes to Judgment it is imperetive to be objective and ignore race and class (as it should be), But when it comes to social welfare and protective rights, there is no doubt that the bible favours the weak, even when it comes to limiting the rich.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  7. fred andon

    honest with you do you really think the rich are always equal before law? They can hire super lawyers;just look ta 2008 financial disaster, none of wallstreet people went to jail,they got all bonuses instead

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  8. Killer Lamas

    imagine basing your opinion on the bible

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  9. Renowned Reviewer

    This may be the best PragerU video I've seen, although any video with Dennis Prager talking is GREAT!

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  10. Vanessa Davis

    I'm being censored without my permission. What would you call that

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  11. aaron hodgins

    Well then…let's get rid of the bible (and all its followers)!

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  12. Josh Allen

    You’re absolutely right.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  13. the woodsy witch

    Isnt it odd how the people making all this about race and shit arent a part of the race they are getting offended for?

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  14. Logan Dowie

    Where tf did they get that definition of social justice. I cant find it anywhere and cannot be further from the actual definition.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  15. LAKSHMINARAYANA CHOLLANGI

    I'm not asking for your permission to use this content for my project work. 😏😏

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  16. Matthew Cool

    PragerU DESTROYS the concept of context with MISINTERPRETED SOURCES and A BAD FAITH REFRAMING OF THE ISSUE

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  17. Geregorful

    There is no judeo-christian values. There are judaist values. There are christian values. And not even that. There are catholic values, orthodox values, luteran values etc.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  18. Nayan Mipun

    What were the Rightist doing?

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  19. Adrian Alonso

    The current legal is already corrupt and impartial. It’s only there to make money not to rehabilitate criminals. I wrote an entire thesis on this. Blacks and Hispanic are given 20% longer prison sentences than there white counterparts for the exact same crime throughout each state. So here views of justice are a little bit misguided when she says justice under the law. When there is no equal representation under the law. When she quotes justice through the book of Romans she failed to mentioned Romans 12:18 where go will take care of vengeance/punishment towards wrong doers. Including the left and those who claim to be self righteous when they truly are not. Unless you’ve been given the zeal of God as explain in the book of revelation you are not righteous in any way.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  20. Sesno Ojukwu

    POVERTY.IS.INJUSTICE. MISOGYNY.IS.INJUSTICE. RACISM.IS.INJUSTICE. CLASSISM.IS.INJUSTICE. OPPRESSION.IS.INJUSTICE
    When you fix those things, you create a just society, so that when there’s criminal justice being meted out, it becomes more fair. But you can’t have justice in an already socially unjust society until you fix the systems that create those disparities. THIS is what Jesus taught.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  21. Laura Elizabeth

    The sad thing is this video is based on the modern "definition" of social justice. I remember when fighting against social justice issues were about helping someone who was being discriminated against and punished for something he or she literally didn't do. I remember when fighting against social justice issues looked like fighting against human sex slavery.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  22. Mac Felix

    Too much easy statements and… no sources.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  23. Jack O'Shaughnessy

    Pretty sure the word "lawsuit" didn't exist when the Bible was written.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  24. Brandon-Todd Hutchinson

    I wonder if they point out how unjust America has become.

    Social justice has been operating in the justice system since its inception —up until this day. It first asks if you're a man, and if you are, you get more time. Then it asks if you're black, and if you are, you get more time.

    This is published knowledge

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  25. Drew wilson

    Social justice = Marxism 101

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  26. David Alvarez

    An absolute embarrassment of christianity this video shows. Rather than base justice in theology, this video bases it on politics. It is a shame because this video effectively superficializes the faith. by doing so.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  27. Delp Perez

    This si the most ridiculous, simplistic and dumbest video i've ever seen

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  28. Amarkant Kumar

    For the leftist the ultimate bad guy is God.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  29. Owen Hunter

    Social justice sounds good

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  30. TheZarcFiles

    I’m still completely agnostic but the Bible do be speaking reasonable facts when it’s not boasting up about G O D

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  31. Greggoose 808

    You say the bible says "do not show partiality to the poor" but Jesus was poor! He gave up his wealth! Okay, so a little boy steals food for his little sister so that she doesn't starve to death. You punish the boy for justice and then what?……let his sister starve or feed her?……….if you feed her for free, that's contributing to social justice!

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  32. wokewaifu

    If a man stole bread to feed his family Prageru would rather send him to jail than find out why he stole it and make sure it doesn't happen again

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  33. Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre

    It is.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  34. nimbylive

    Anyone that hears this and blindly supports these claims is too deep in their own echo chamber.

    We do not follow God's laws. We follow some, but those laws(like murder and theft being wrong) are in almost all religions and secular theories. Furthermore, who decides what poeple "deserve" when punished? We do not use the bible that's for sure. We use a for profit penitentiary system that actively wants for criminals. We also punish poor people greater even when innocent if they can't make bail.

    This was a fun video but it so far off the mark and I feel like they have just gone for what I believe the real goal: problems with social justice. Justice, the law and God are not good fellows in the US. They should have stuck with hating on social justice and been done with it.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  35. E C

    There has to be a balance between reason and emotion. Right and left. Men and women. You cannot have one without the other. I am getting so sick of people on both sides roasting the other side from a place of moral superiority as if we can do without each other's perspective. Mostly I lean right, however, reason must lead and guide emotion, but you can never dispense with emotion altogether, it is wise in its own way.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  36. Juan Matias Fernández

    “ And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.´´

    Matthew 19:24 (King James Bible)

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  37. Joseph Stalin Biden

    the democrats also hate the jews.
    first enslaved blacks now hate jews?
    Jesus what's their friggin problem

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  38. Gamaliel Burgos

    If social justice is truly getting what you don't deserve because you are favored, then if a person is against social justice, that person should hold a belief that Israel doesn't deserve extra care from America.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  39. Kenny E. Chipps Jr

    We always need to duck public executions

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  40. Vari

    never gon give u up

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  41. Rae Vandenberg

    Good video. I wish these were shown in high schools.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  42. SEED for Myanmar

    Ah… I see the confusion of justice with criminal justice which is only a part of wider concept.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  43. katzeneck

    I have never seen a more punchable face

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  44. Jia Liu

    A bunch of paid professional commentators here to manipulate public opinion. I am sick of this narrow way of describing social justice. Remember all the equal rights we people have fought for along the past 100 years? It is just so easy for people to forget social justice when they are just self-interest seekers.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  45. Exlecticution

    Social Justice.. Justice under Socialism.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  46. valthepeakbreker

    This is why we need to massacre all leftist

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply
  47. miguel mackay

    bro i think they present social justice as something good and they trying to make it look bad only makes them look bad in return

    February 10, 2021 at 9:49 pm Reply

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