On social justice and the gospel, Lisa Sharon Harper’s ‘The Very Good Gospel’ and the music of Hozier.
In For Argument’s Sake, Megan and Michael argue over the validity of a new statement delivered from the US called The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel, which suggests social justice movements are leading people away from Jesus. It’s a topic Megan is particularly passionate about: she’s doing her doctoral research on it, in fact.
The pair discuss the huge controversy over the statement, including amongst people you’d think would have agreed. So … is social justice the gospel? And if it’s not, how do you distinguish the two? Tune in to hear the arguments.
Here are a few other commentators that Megan and Michael refer to in this discussion:
In the Discomfort Zone, Megan suggests reading Lisa Sharon Harper’s book, The Very Good Gospel, which Megan says gives a very ‘social justice flavour’ to the gospel.
Then, in Marg and Dave, Michael and Megan listen to Hozier, and talk about the lyrics that can get under your skin, the visceral anger the artist has against the Catholic church and what Hozier, and the Bible, have to say about sex.
Less aggro, more conversation.
Is it even possible to have a deep discussion without it descending into chaos? Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit think yes, and want to show the rest of us how to do it.
There’s plenty of things they disagree on: free will, feminism, where you should send your kids to school and what type of church you should go to. But there are also plenty of other things that they have in common. They want to talk about all these things with conviction. But they also want the conversation to be constructive. Tune in to find out if that’s possible.