What is Social Justice? Social justice is the awareness of socio-economic inequality and taking efforts to create opportunity and means for those less fortunate. Social Justice addresses any discriminate practice that demeans the human being, such as human-trafficking, degrading immigration policies, economic inequality, genocide, homelessness, etc. Where there is suffering at the cause of another, there is social injustice. Social Justice requires us to respect human dignity and to respect life at all times.
“There but for the grace of God, go I” is a famous quote/prayer that many of us that are fortunate to have a roof over our heads, food on our tables and clothes on our backs will say when we see someone less fortunate than ourselves. When we take it no further than saying that little prayer, we allow social injustice to flourish. Take a look at this video from Phil Collins, singing “Another Day in Paradise.” As you watch the video, keep asking yourself, “what could I be doing to bring about Social Justice to my community?”
To those with whom much as been given much is expected (Luke 12:48). This passage from Luke applies to individuals as well as to nations. For those of us who have, we must unite, and care for those who have not. Jesus said, “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for Me” (Matt 25:40). Jesus is saying that social justice does not apply to only a select few, but to everyone. As His followers, we will be held accountable for our actions to live in a more just society.
How do we embrace Justice? We’ll address the answer to that question in our next reflection on the virtue of Justice. Don’t miss it!