I think we would just agree to disagree. I understand Christ's commandant to love one another as I have loved to be actually the crux of what it means to be a Christian. From that flows the idea of loving people and respecting them. Even possibly supporting a government that uses tax funds to help support those in need. Also, I think Christ's teaching enhances the dignity of the human person and the responsibility of all to love those in need or not in need.
I'm with you...
The term social justice was actually coined by a Jesuit based on writings inspired by the gospels.
Nothing like a 19th century Jesuit coined term, which becomes largely secular, to represent Orthodox thought.
See, I understand Orthodox teachings to actually support the ideas of what developed into the notion of human rights. People should be treated with dignity, respect, and love. I believe Christ's commandments trumps all worldly laws and actually are for more radical than today's notion of human rights or justice. Orthodoxy actually was a catalysis for state governments to adopt laws that we today would term as "social justice legislation." For example, St Vlad out lawed the use of the death penalty. St. Dionysius forgave the murderer of his brother and allowed him to escape punishment to live a life of repentance, which was accord to Orthodox teachings and spirituality as observed by monastics. St. Constantine actually improved prisons and outlawed forms of execution influenced by Orthodoxy. The imperial taxes were used to feed the poor and help the needy. The first ecumenical council affirmed and supported the idea of universal healthcare. Taxes were used to fund the ecumenical councils, the creation of bible manuscripts, the building of church and much more. From Christ's gospel the society was to value the intrinsic value of the person and change to be more Christ like. This includes using taxes to help people.
Thanks for including a more detailed explanation. There are conflicting perspectives in there though. That Christ's commandments, which I readily acknowledge are more radical than most secular ones, trump worldly ones, but then you're specifically trying to tie in Christ's laws with worldly ones.
I don't think most people are arguing against taxes, or that we shouldn't use taxes to help the poor. I'm interested to see the 1st Ecumenical Council's affirmation of universal healthcare.
I still think you are confusing love and dignity towards mankind with "human rights." No one is owed anything. We are commanded to be charitable and kind to people, but not necessarily to ensure certain levels of arbitrarily defined conditions of "dignity." Rightfully so, you bring up Christ's commandments, but in His own actions, you see this play out. He heals, exorcises demons, raises people from the dead, but the scriptures don't mention Him protesting the government, or instituting unemployment benefits and such. As you mentioned, His was a far more revolutionary position.
You can continue to argue, without much specific support, that this correlation between Church, Govt, and human rights is clear. As you seem to place a great deal on Jesuit teachings, they did this as well, with Liberation Theology. They were wrong.
So, I can only suggest that you study history and research how the Orthodox Church played a role in influencing and changing the laws in nation states to value the human person.
Maybe I (and all of the others you recommend this same phrase to) have studied this, and we find your arguments less than compelling.