Recently Relevant Magazine printed 3 open letters by Ron Sider addressed to the younger generation. I am not familar with Ron Sider but the article states his credentials in social justice circles this way: "Many would consider Dr. Ron Sider the father of the modern Christian social justice movement."
One question that caught my eye deals with the subject of evangelism and social justice. Sider asks: Are you in danger of neglecting evangelism in your passion for social justice?
I think his article makes a good point and is a good reminder for us all.
Here is one challenging point from Sider:
Evangelism and social action are inseparable. They are two sides of the same coin. But they are not identical. Working for economic development in poor communities or structural change to end systemic oppression is not the same thing as inviting persons who do not now confess Christ to embrace Him as Lord and Savior. If we only do social action and never say we do it because of Christ, our good deeds only point to ourselves and make us look good.
So I am curious what other social justice advocates think about the question Sider raises:
Is there danger in neglecting evangelism in a passion for social justice?