Social Service vs. Social Action

In June of 1982 a group of Christians gathered together in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their goal was to explore and explain their reasons for believing that Christians ought to be both socially and politically involved. Eventually, a report was published, and embedded in that report is something I think may help us continue our dialog here.

They drew a distinction between social service and social action — stating that Christianity, when it is internalized and lived out, compels us to engage in both forms of social engagement.

Social Service

  • Relieving human need
  • Philanthropic activity
  • Seeking to minister to individuals and families
  • Works of mercy

Social Action

  • Removing the causes of human need
  • Political and economic activity
  • Seeking to transform the structures of society
  • The quest for justice

Read this entire post at: In His Grip

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