In his speech before the InterVarsity Urbana 15 Student Missions Conference crowd this week in St. Louis, pastor/author David Platt urged attendees to take stock of their personal lives to make sure that in the midst of their participating in causes of social justice, they should first make sure their intimacy with the Lord Jesus takes priority. His text focused on the woman with the alabaster box who used its contents on Jesus.
Platt began his talk by pointing out that young Christians are justifiably quick to lend support to such important, worthy causes as human trafficking. Yet, “[a]t the same time, we go to conferences, listen to speakers, watch documentaries, and raise money across college campuses to stop sex trafficking…almost 90% of college males and 30% of college females are viewing pornography in dorms and apartments on computers, tablets and phones. …Need I remind us of the clear link between pornography and sex trafficking? Not only do all who indulge in pornography disregard Christ by degrading women, children and men made in his image, in the process, they also create a demand for more prostitutes, which in turn promotes sex trafficking around the world. Do we see the hypocrisy of our own hearts?”
Then he proceeded to an in-depth explanation for how the woman with the alabaster box showed devotion to her Lord with two realizations: (1) she realized the life-changing importance that Jesus’s death would have for herself and others because of his vast, immeasurable love for sinners, and (2) she realized the sacrifice of her alabaster box for the Lord was symbolic of her purpose in life to be so devoted to Christ that she was willing to give her all for him because he was worth it.
Platt concluded by urging the young attendees to consider missions as an extension of a heart devoted to Christ instead of placing involvement in missions above a relationship with him.
Overall, I think he made some very good, soul-searching points. Personally, I have a problem with the idea of “social justice.” That term is directly connected to Marxism and its socialist or Communist principles, including the idea that government should have control of distributing wealth and embracing the false doctrine of liberation theology. Jesus was about justice, not social justice, but knew that true justice could only result when a person willingly gave their heart to him in the process of repenting of their sin and reaping his rewards or by justifiably punishing people who violate God’s laws. Social justice, on the other hand, is about forcing people to do what those in authority feel is correct even if it doesn’t line up with what God wants. That’s how we got the abortion rights and gay rights movements.
As long as InterVarsity remains on the social justice track that it’s on, true devotion to the Lord Jesus will be difficult for the young people involved in the organization to discern.
Source: Leah MarieAnn Klett, Urbana15: David Platt Encourages Christians to ‘Seek Life of Intimacy’ with Christ Before Advocating for Social Justice in His Name, GospelHerald.com, December 31, 2015.