A popular (so called) Christian theology in many of our nation’s inner city or urban communities is “liberation theology” or a so called “social gospel”, which emphasizes resisting social oppression, whether racial, economic, or political.
I reject “social gospels” and any concept of “liberation theology” as secular progressive doctrines that have done far more harm than good to communities where these ideologies have prevailed.
The “great commission” as outlined in Acts 14:19-28, is clear. The PRIORITY of every bible believing church should be to win new souls to the body of Christ, establish these new believers disciples in the faith, and incorporate them into the local church.
In effect, if a church is doing what the Bible commands it to do, evangelism, discipleship, and church planting would be it’s priority.
When I look at the inner cities of our nation (I grew up in the inner city), I see a church on every other corner in communities that are plagued by infanticide (murdering our own babies), drug trafficking, gang activities, high murder rates, broken homes, etc.
If the churches on every other corner were truly God called and fulfilling the great commission, then they would be communicating a new way of life that replaces the unhealthy social norms and the self destructive behavioral patterns of the community in which it exists by means of evangelism and discipleship.
Something is deeply wrong with a church or so called Christian leader who pushes a so called social or “liberation” gospel while blaming the unchanged conditions of the community on government, racism or discrimination, as if God isn’t able to change our conditions if we first turn to Him in repentance and faith.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is spiritual and is surely able to change both our spiritual and social conditions, but God will not honor a message that places social change above spiritual regeneration and discipleship.