What the Birth Narratives of Jesus Teach Us about True “Social Justice”

December 26, 2013

“Social justice” is a leading concern for multitudes of people in our day. Some events in the birth narratives of Jesus teach us several truths about true social justice.

Social Arrogance Will Be Exposed 

In her song of praise to God her Savior, Mary exclaimed, “He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts” (Luke 1:51). Only God knows the true state of every human heart, and He hates it when any person is proud in heart.

Mary spoke of His scattering those who are proud in their thoughts, and the context suggests that she especially has in mind those who are proud against other people. Someday, all social arrogance among human beings will be exposed infallibly when God will deal with all people about their wrongly elevated opinions about themselves in relation to other human beings.

Unjust Civil Authorities Will Be Dethroned 

Mary testified that God “hath put down the mighty from their seats and exalted them of low degree” (Luke 1:52). For much of human history, unjust civil authorities have been causing incalculable human suffering throughout the world.

A glorious day is coming when “all oppression shall cease”! Wicked political leaders who have governed unjustly will be dethroned when Mary’s Son will come to rule over the entire world with perfect righteousness!

Jesus will abase every unrighteous ruler, and He will exalt the humble to reign with Him!

Unrighteous Wealth Distribution Will Be Ended 

Mary extolled God because “He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away” (Luke 1:53). Human history has been replete with those who have become rich through unrighteous means that have deprived others of good things.

God detests it when powerful rich people amass wealth by unfairly taking advantage of people, especially poor people. Someday, He will end all such unrighteous wealth distribution!

Unloving Ethnic Sentiment Will Be Eradicated 

Filled with the Spirit, Zacharias prophesied that God has redeemed His people Israel from the “hand of all that hate” them (Luke 1:67-71). From its beginning, the nation of Israel has been hated by evil people.

Anti-Semitism has led to many horrific instances of unloving treatment of Jewish people. God’s Son, Jesus Christ, will one day eradicate all such unloving ethnic sentiment when He again exalts His chosen people.

Ungodly Religious Suppression Will Be Eliminated 

Zacharias testified to God’s swearing with an oath to Abraham “that He would grant unto us [Israel], that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him, all the days of our life” (Luke 1:73-75). The ungodly have suppressed true religion throughout human history.

Israel was often prevented from serving and worshiping God properly. Jesus will one day eliminate all ungodly religious suppression!

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