Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth
God does not suggest, he commands that we do justice.
Social justice is not optional for the Christian. All injustice affects others, so talking about justice that isn't social is like talking about water that isn't wet or a square with no right angles. But the Bible's call to seek justice is not a call to superficial, kneejerk activism. We are not merely commanded to execute justice, but to "truly execute justice." The God who commands us to seek justice is the same God who commands us to "test everything" and "hold fast to what is good."
Drawing from a diverse range of theologians, sociologists, artists, and activists, Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth, by Thaddeus Williams, makes the case that we must be discerning if we are to "truly execute justice" as Scripture commands. Not everything called "social justice" today is compatible with a biblical vision of a better world. The Bible offers hopeful and distinctive answers to deep questions of worship, community, salvation, and knowledge that ought to mark a uniquely Christian pursuit of justice. Topics addressed include:
- Culture War
- Critical Theory
- Identity Politics
Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth also brings in unique voices to talk about their experiences with these various social justice issues, including:
- Michelle-Lee Barnwall
- Suresh Budhaprithi
- Eddie Byun
- Freddie Cardoza
- Becket Cook
- Bella Danusiar
- Monique Duson
- Ojo Okeye
- Edwin Ramirez
- Samuel Sey
- Neil Shenvi
- Walt Sobchak
In Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth, Thaddeus Williams transcends our religious and political tribalism and challenges readers to discover what the Bible and the example of Jesus have to teach us about justice. He presents a compelling vision of justice for all God's image-bearers that offers hopeful answers to life's biggest questions.
Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth brings in unique voices to talk about their experiences, including:
"I have begun the painful process of untangling my faith from Critical Race Theory. I’ve put up a good fight, but God is gentle, faithful, and kind. He walks by my side on a liberating journey out of Critical Race Theory. I am learning that God has a much better way to bring justice and unity than I do. And there’s grace for all of us."
"If we’re going to have truly productive conversations about race and other controversial social justice topics, we have to be willing to give people space to make honest mistakes. As a follower of Jesus, I am called to build up others in the body instead of shaming them."
"I know from experience how a noble desire for justice can replace love in our hearts with resentment and hate. I know because it happened to me. But by God’s grace, and God’s grace alone, I have been set free."
"Jesus has made the Jews and gentiles one, having broken down the dividing wall of hostility through the cross. Why, then, would we keep intact the dividing walls? Pray that we would truly do justice, because Jesus has turned the walls of hostility into rubble."
"Fear can’t drive out fear, nor hate drive out hate, only love can do that. And God’s love can and will heal the pains of this world a thousand times over, just as it healed mine."
"Biblical justice exposes today’s social justice as little more than a resounding gong or clanging cymbal. Lord, give us the courage to stand for your justice and against its counterfeits, no matter the threats to our reputations or livelihoods. You are worth it!"
"As an African American pastor of a predominately African American church, I’m often asked what book I would recommend on the controversial topic of social justice. Thaddeus Williams has written my top recommendation. Thoroughly biblical, well-reasoned, and deeply charitable, this balanced book is a beacon of gospel light to every believer desiring to confront injustice armed with the truth of the Word."
—ANTHONY D. KIDD, pastor of preaching, Community of Faith Bible Church
"If you are a Christian concerned about oppression, injustice, racism, and other moral ills that plague our culture, there may not be a more important book you read this year. Confronting Injustice Without Compromising Truth is the definitive guide to help Christians “do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God…” as Micah 6:8 puts it, while not sacrificing one iota of biblical truth."
—ALISA CHILDERS, blogger and podcast host
"Williams offers a needed correction to some of the excesses in today’s modern social justice movement. He does so without denying the existence of many of the problems such movements hope to address. The addition of 12 Questions to our personal libraries will help us to move closer to a holistic approach to issues tied to social justice."
—GEORGE YANCEY, professor of sociology, Baylor University
“This is the most important book I have recommended in over 20 years … the go-to resource for clear, biblical thinking about social justice. I know of no other evangelical book with such rigor, insight, biblical fidelity, ethical —maturity and breadth of coverage as this one. This is the book for you!”
—J.P. MORELAND, distinguished professor of philosophy, Talbot School of Theology
Why Write This Book?
"Why write about social justice, especially given all the personal and political landmines buried in that word combination? It was not to win the approval of online inquisitors (because I won’t) or because I have it all figured out (because I don’t) or because it was fun (because it wasn’t). Rather, I care about God, I care about his church, I care about the gospel, and I care about true justice. Not all, but much of what is branded “social justice” these days is a threat to all four. As we explore important questions about social justice together, my co-authors and I have zero interest in the kind of individualistic, head-in-the-clouds Christianity that plugs its ears to the oppressed. If you also care about advancing the kind of social justice that glorifies God first, draws people into Christ-centered community, and champions the good news of saving grace while working against real oppression, then this book is for you."
—Thaddeus J. Williams