After much prayer, consideration, and discussion, Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity has affirmed The Statement of Social Justice. We do so with great care and attention, not only to the actual words of the statement, but also the peace and edification of the Church regardless of ethnicity, cultural background, nation, denomination, or any way in which the saints may be categorized. Edification is not always easy, but it is necessary for us to clarify our Biblical position on these topics dividing the Church and tearing our society apart.
Please take the time to read this statement in the spirit of Christian charity and according to the context of its actual words, grammatical structure, and topics. There has been too much accusation and not enough consideration among those who profess the faith once delivered unto the saints. It is easy to read into things based upon our presuppositions, but if we are to be true Bereans, our examination of this statement must be by searching the Scripture to see if these things are so (Acts 17:11).
We have signed this statement because we believe it accurately reflects the Biblical foundations needed to address the topic of social justice, racism, and egalitarianism based upon theological fundamentals. This does not mean we find the statement perfect in all of its content, nor exhaustive in its affirmations or denials.
We realize the topic of social justice is filled with pitfalls and misunderstandings due to a lack of consistent definitions resulting from various worldviews and groups utilizing this term. However, just because we have theological and philosophical differences with certain persons and organizations who use this term, this does not mean we believe all who use the term do so with evil intent or hold to heretical positions. The term “social justice” is being used by some simply as a catchphrase for justice in society, a sentiment we most heartily support. The problem is the lack of clarity with the term due to the many uses of the term by ecclesiastical and political liberalism.
Although some are attempting to brand anyone who signs this statement as a racist, one of the reasons why we affirmed this statement is because of its clear denunciation of injustice and racism.
“We affirm that since he is holy, righteous, and just, God requires those who bear his image to live justly in the world. This includes showing appropriate respect to every person and giving to each one what he or she is due. We affirm that societies must establish laws to correct injustices that have been imposed through cultural prejudice.”
“We affirm that racism is a sin rooted in pride and malice which must be condemned and renounced by all who would honor the image of God in all people. Such racial sin can subtly or overtly manifest itself as racial animosity or racial vainglory. Such sinful prejudice or partiality falls short of God’s revealed will and violates the royal law of love. We affirm that virtually all cultures, including our own, at times contain laws and systems that foster racist attitudes and policies.”
Therefore, because of this and many other reasons, we have added our names to this statement with the desire for unity and clarity in brotherly love. May the Church rise up in unity with one voice in order to proclaim God’s Word to a world lost in sin.
To read The Statement on Social Justice click here.