Responding to the Social Justice Statement

John MacArthur, Justin Peters, Voddie Baucham and others have put out The Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel (#SocialJusticeStatement) today. We're pretty saddened, but not shocked. Here are some thoughts for anyone else that feels like this is crazy. You're not alone! (Also, go check out our series on Gender - it's really relevant!)

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Nate Hanson
"You Sound Angry"

One of the most common pieces of critical feedback we receive about the show is that we sound angry. The recent Statement on Social Justice and our reactions to it got Nate and Tim into an hours-long discussion on the role of anger in the podcast. Tim decided to articulate his reasoning behind preserving anger in the tone of our podcasts, even while aiming to be fair, gracious and hopeful.

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Tim Ritter
Paul's Ethics of Relinquishing Power and the Letter to Philemon

Paul’s letter to the slavemaster Philemon reveals, if we let it, a window into Paul’s Christian ethics pertaining to power. To Paul, Christians wielding such social power over others must relinquish it in order to re-construe the relationship as one of equal siblings and fellow servants. To refuse is to deem one ineffective in the faith.

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Tim Ritter
Power, Privilege and the Status of the Firstborn

The opening book of the Bible works hard to establish the theme typically dubbed the “reversal of primogenitor”. It is an indictment on the cultural assumption that the firstborn deserves supreme power and status. This theme is the seedbed for the Biblical subversion of hierarchical power that leads to Jesus’ radical view that the first will be last and the last will be first.

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Tim Ritter
Paul, Power and Gender

The church gets Paul’s theology of gender wrong because it ignores his theology pertaining to power. And, the church ignores basic Christian theology of power in part because our mistaken theology of gender.

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Tim Ritter
Relinquishing Power: A Christian Minister's Code of Ethics

Jesus said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many”.

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Tim Ritterpower
Sexual Assault and Abuse of Power

Sexual assault almost always constitutes an abuse of some form of power. Typically it is men that assault women, leveraging physical strength and social power to do so. Often status, celebrity and/or a hierarchical power differential is used by the abuser to coerce the victim.

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Tim Ritter