“Unless the followers of Jesus take responsibility for the structures of society that oppress others, how do they love their neighbor? The great commandment Jesus gave to his followers remains unfulfilled.” However, it is very difficult to change the structures of society, because there will always be people wanting it to happen and others who take advantage of it in their own good interest.
Just like in Jesus’ times, there were the great priests who didn’t accept the new law He was establishing, because such law completely turned over the hierarchical system, saying there shouldn’t be any hierarchy, putting everyone on the same level. The priests had social power, wealth and an authoritative position in the political life. They didn’t want to give up all privileges or wealth. By installing social justice, they should not have oppress Samaritans or other populations they considered pagan and sinful, however they were convinced those people were pagans and evil for society and must be excluded and not given any rights.
Nowadays, social injustice and oppression is not as accepted as in slavery and colonizing times, but prevail in other forms – exploiting immigrants, racism, sexism, any kind of discriminatory actions. The exploitation of the worker is so well spread, starting from immigrants to the child workers in sweatshops. The problem is capitalism – the best economic system humans have discovered so far – is a selfish system, which is aimed to cash the highest profit. Now, in order to have great profit, one needs to invest, and underpaying workers means more money for the owner or for the manager. Therefore, in order to stop social injustice, the people in authoritative positions should be selfless, to put others’ need ahead of theirs, and that is rare nowadays, in capitalism. Therefore it is hard to change already established structures, but of course, this is not an excuse not to try at all, because a little reformation