Dan MacDonald is a good friend and PCA Pastor in Toronto. He blogs sporadically – but he's always worth reading. Dan has entered the fray on the Missional = Liberal discussion and scored a KO in my opinion.
…when respected Christian leaders say that an emphasis upon social justice may lead to theological slippage, they are, I think, getting the cart before the horse. It is true that historically, some churches and denominations departed from biblical orthodoxy in the early 20th century, retaining only a strong biblical sense of social justice. In response, orthodox evangelical churches grew wary of both the doctrinal departure of many mainline churches, and of the social justice that they emphasized. The first wariness is healthy, wise and necessary. But the second wariness – of embracing social justice – needs to end. Now.
Mercy is not an option. Mercy is a reflection of the gospel of God who had mercy upon poor, miserable, sin-addicted self-destructive slaves – you and me. The gospel is all about mercy. Jesus showed spiritual mercy, physical mercy, social mercy, relational mercy in His ministry; he foreshadowed the new Creation He will one day bring in.
Please go read it all and comment there (as well as here, if you'd like). Thanks Dan for this very welcome addition to the conversation.