In “Social Justice is Not Enough,” missionary and blogger Seth Barnes argues that Christian missionary work cannot be merely concerned with issues of social justice. No, the gospel of grace actually has to be introduced or Christian missions isn’t really Christian at all. A sample:
Our hearts want to respond to God’s call to defend the cause of the oppressed. But, justice is not enough. Justice, by itself may not touch a person’s heart. Victims’ families who see their child’s murderer hang may still go through life nursing their bitterness. They need grace. Jesus brought hope in various forms, but he didn’t satisfy his disciples’ pleas for justice. His focus, his gospel, was a gospel of grace, not justice.