In a recent tirade Glen Beck, spokesperson for political conservatives in America, treated us to a major rant against social justice. He specifically targeted religious institutions which support the concept as a part of their religious teachings. “I beg you look for the words social justice or economic justice on your church website,” he said. “If you find it, run as fast as you can.” And to make it more specific he declared, “if you have a priest that is pushing social justice, go find another parish.”
As if to second Glen Beck’s statement against social justice, Mary Matalin a major political strategist for the Republican Party, relied on the words of Jesus. In an interview on the Cobert Report she claimed that Jesus taught “teach them how to fish, don’t give them fish to eat.” And further she stated, “Jesus said if you don’t work you don’t eat.” I have searched the Scriptures and could not find where Jesus said any such thing.
If this is the official position of the Republican Party, I suggest that a delegation of Christian theologians visit Republican headquarters to give them a lesson on proper biblical exegesis. From my perspective, they have totally distorted the message of the Messiah which borders on blasphemy. A dangerous situation indeed!