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What does it mean to care about “the poor”? What does it
look like to put love and care and compassion into action? And what would
motivate anyone to do this?
Tim Keller’s newest book, Generous Justice: How God’s Grace
Makes Us Just is the best book I’ve ever read about putting Christian faith
into action. I highly recommend it for anyone–Christian or not–interested in
the questions posed above.
Keller contends that Biblical justice is not just “the
punishment of wrongdoing,” but also “to give people their rights.” Furthermore,
Biblical justice is generous, justice
that goes “above and beyond.” Keller points to Job as an example of generous
justice, for Job does not simply meet the “basic needs for food and shelter”
for the poor, but “turns the poor man’s life into a delight.”
Page after page of this book challenged me:
“Not giving generously, then, is not stinginess, but
unrighteousness, a violation of God’s law.”
“Money that is hoarded for oneself rots the soul.”