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Rich Christians In An Age Of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity (20th Anniversary Revision) Paperback – July 23, 1997
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Just looking over the "attack reviews" here is pretty revealing. One reviewer seethes with anger over the idea of putting others interests ahead of his own. Have you never read Paul? To wit:
Ro 9:3 "For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen by race."
Php 2:3 "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves."
Or how about Jesus:
Mt 16:24 "Jesus told his disciples, 'If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.'"
Lu 6:20 "Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God."
Matt 25:44 "Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?' 45 Then he will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.' 46 And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.Read more ›
Even if one disagrees with the last section of his book (his policy proposals), one certainly cannot disagree with the the first two sections of his book on the huge degree of world hunger and on the Christian obligation to respond to these issues by placing the needs of the poor above their own needs. (Whether they do that privately or through the state is really a secondary issue, all are called to live justly despite their political leanings).
In lectures which took place at Wheaton College, Sider explained that the truly valuable contribution of his book takes place in these first two sections, because they force conservative christians to admit that they have a responsibility to "live justly" and follow the clear Biblical command layed out in I John 3:16-18, "We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world's goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little chidren, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth." (NIV)
To his credit, Wheaton's professor and staunch defender of the free market, PJ Hill, admitted that even though he believed in private free market solutions to the problems that Sider outlined, he agreed with Sider that all Christians must be willing to live simply and place the needs of their brothers and sisters before themselves through humble charity.Read more ›
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In Rich Christians in an age of Hunger, Ronald Sider looks at what Scripture says about wealth, the poor, and the rich and how these things relate to the Church today. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Caleb
Great book and really looks deep into hunger and poverty from a Christian framework and what we are called to do to address the issue long term.Published 4 months ago by Jane Doe
A must read for every person of any age. Eye opening Amazing challenge to us.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is the best book I have ever read on how Christians should live their lives financially.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book ruffles a lot of conservative feathers, as will be seen from other reviews. But Sider at least attempts to begin his theses in the Scriptures, where he does well to draw... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ben
Ronald Sider wrote an important book with an important challenge to Christians to take responsibility for the poor of this planet. I thoroughly agree with this objective. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gregory Simkins