Individual Salvation and Collective Salvation; Isolated Charity and The Fight for a Just Society

Here’s a quote from Barack Obama’s eulogy to Clementa Pinckney, an African American pastor and state senator slain in the Charleston mass shooting of 2015:

He embodied the idea that our Christian faith demands deeds and not just words; that the “sweet hour of prayer” actually lasts the whole week long — (applause) — that to put our faith in action is more than individual salvation, it’s about our collective salvation; that to feed the hungry and clothe the naked and house the homeless is not just a call for isolated charity but the imperative of a just society.

Barack Obama