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Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just Paperback – August 7, 2012
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This is truly a mind-blowing, heart-rending thesis - and it's hit me like a ton of bricks! The very night I read this book, I read (from the Book of Common Prayer) the prayer for Social Justice in our Evening Prayer service at church. Obviously God is trying to teach me something, and I think He's trying to teach you all the same thing. That something is that Christians are to be involved in social justice not only because it's a commandment but because it's a response to a life that's received the grace of God (His "generous justice").
Keller cuts across the great conservative/liberal divide in this book. He has something that most of you will at first disagree about, but when you truly consider it, you'll find that he's probably right. Social justice is about caring for the poor and alienated, both as individuals and as communities. To conservative Christians he preaches that social justice does indeed involve changing entire communities and that real oppression and social injustice still exists in the U.S. To liberal Christians he preaches that much of poverty really does come from the personal moral failings of individuals.Read more ›
Chapter one asks "what is doing justice?" and answers with an accessible study of the concepts of justice and righteousness in Scripture. While never getting overly technical, Keller shows that the Hebrew word for justice has to do with both the punishment of wrongdoing and giving people their rights (p. 3). Justice is, essentially, "to treat people equitably" - to give them their due.Read more ›
But the bottom line is this, the poor we will have with us always and how do we deal with them? How do we help them with their issues of hunger, lack of resources, lack of advocates standing up for them with the judicial system and society at large. What also do we do with the "year of jubilee" where the debts of the poor are forgiven and they are given a fresh start. What should we do with that today.
Keller takes us through a discussion of the definition of Justice, why the Old Testament is still valid, what does Jesus say and how do we treat our neighbors. He reminds us that the Old Testament, specifically the nation of Israel, was a Theocracy style of government. So how do we in a democracy deal with the poor since it is a completely different style of government than a Theocracy. What is the point of justice? What should we do about standing in the gap for our neighbors who are poor, or do we ignore them and let the government deal with them through welfare?
There are deep theological issues here and deep moral issues as well. How do you respond to the poor? How do you handle your resources? What do you do regarding Charity? Why do you act charitably?Read more ›
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Informative, insightful, and encouraging. This provides a wealth of information along with scriptural support of Keller's position. Read morePublished 1 month ago by F. Newport
This is a really, really important book for every Christian to read. It shows us the heart of the Father in a way we need to understand. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Barlow
Another very helpful and enjoyable book from Tim Keller. Keller has written a number of Christian books, not all addressed to just Christians. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hike
Great, nuanced read with thorough analysis and lots of supporting references from widely sourced articles and booksPublished 3 months ago by Prakash
Tim Keller show why Christians should make every effort to relieve the suffering and strive to improve the status of those in need around them as their response to God's mercy to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by T. Ahlborn