Recently I saw some discussions where some individuals, those who would lean in favor of the Social Justice camp, were trying to distance themselves from anything relating to Marxism. Unfortunately, unless they build the movement on some new narratives, it is unlikely that they’ll be able to rid themselves of the ideas and concepts of Marxism and the negative connotations that come with it.
Let me first define Marxism as I understand it. Marxism is a method of analyzing human relations through a materialist interpretation of the historical development between given groups. In other words it naturally divides people into the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’, the ‘oppressors’ and ‘oppressed’, etc. based on their overall developing relationship over a given period in time. In considering the African and Anglo dynamic in the United States, there is a long history of racial disparagement to evaluate and interpret by this method which easily divides our peoples.
So where does the social justice camp fit into this? There are several narratives that have been pushed by those who would fall into this movement. The first one is the concept of “White Privilege” and how it is being applied. White privilege is an assumption made of a society whose majority culture is “white”. The United States, being founded by Europeans, has a majority white culture. So the assumption is because there are more movies, hair products, clothing, leaders, etc. of/for/by white people it’s because the other cultures that are not represented as equally or more are purposely being disparaged. Add on top of that the focus of negative treatment of non-whites by whites and you’ve got yourself a primary factor in the cause for a lopsided view of society where only white people are racists. This type of reasoning about people however, is completely unbiblical.
Another concept that SJWs may subscribe to is sort of a subsystem of Marxism called “intersectionality” which is a method of determining the causes of strife, struggle, or just discomfort by any identifiable characteristic of an individual. For instance, as a white male I could use these two characteristics (white/male) as the primary reasons for any bad situation or mistreatment I might encounter (like getting passed up for promotion while in the military). This is a miserable way to view the world and often allows for one to make themselves a victim in any given situation. Just like pushing the white privilege narrative is unbecoming of a Christian, using intersectionality to look for reasons to be or have been victimized goes against many teachings of the Bible.
The Bible is clear about human behavior. “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?…You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel…You adulterous people! Do you now know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?..Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”” – James 4: 1-6
The Bible is also clear about how Christians should regard each other. “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also the interests of others…Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.” – Philippians 2: 3-4, 14-16
Social Justice advocates mean well when they long to cure the world of its suffering. Where they get things wrong is they want to bring in these unbiblical methods for evaluating, addressing, and dealing with these issues. They also go too far in pandering for what they believe people deserve. We all have different gifts according to the grace given (Rom 12:6), and these gifts are being selfishly leveraged and abused for personal gain. They aim to use partiality to take from one and give to another. They mean to guilt some into taking on more burdens than they can handle. The current Social Justice movement is Marxism, and it is worldly.