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Awaiting a Savior: The Gospel, the New Creation and the End of Poverty Paperback – September 28, 2011
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"...does a stellar job of unpacking the theological issues of this dreadful plight and brings hope to a hopeless topic."
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"...rightly pessimistic about humanistic solutions, brightly optimistic about God's ultimate solution, and practically realistic about the best and most the Church can do in this present age."
David P. Murray, author, Jesus on Every Page
"Tackles the subject of poverty in a biblical, balanced, thought-provoking, & convicting manner!"
"Awaiting a Savior is a truly rare book in providing a thoroughly Christian answer to poverty. It both thinks and bleeds."
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Christians are called to serve the poor...generously, joyfully, by grace, to the Glory of God. But elimination poverty is a misguided and dangerous goal. Poverty is rooted in the fall of man and there is only one savoir.
The books starts by unpacking for us the root cause of poverty. We are not dealing with lack of financial resources, lack of proper education or lack of family support. Poverty is rooted in sin, and as long as sin reigns in our mortal bodies poverty will persist. For me, this was very helpful. To see poverty fundamentally as a spiritual issue and not a material issue helps me focus how I serve the poor in my community. Aaron says: Ultimately, poverty can only be addressed at the heart level, one person at a time, as salvation through the shed blood of Christ pushes back against the fall of man (46-47). And looking back to the end of Chapter 2 he explains that our motives must be nothing other than making God's name great.
A statement that is brought to light in chapter 3 really made me stop and think. Aarons writes, Sin thus not only causes poverty, but also poisons our attitude towards those suffering within it in (46) How often have I been walking downtown and had a homeless person asks me for change and I walk by and ignore them. Sometimes we don't give people in need the time of day, or how often do make a demeaning remark about them to our friends or say nothing when they do. Every person, even the homeless man who takes our money to buy drugs or alcohol needs to Jesus Christ through the Gospel, and our ministry to them must lead them to the Gospel.Read more ›
The other side of the room would be shaking their heads in disagreement (if not disgust). And because they are so scared of being labeled part of the social gospel, they swing the pendulum so far that they never consider the implications of social ministry upon the Christian. I doubt they would actually say that taking care of the poor has nothing to do with Christianity, they just live like they believe that. I would argue this is Christ-less Christianity.
I have often longed for a balanced voice in the middle of this issue. I think we now have one. Awaiting A Savior by Aaron Armstrong is a new book published by Cruciform Press that deals with the real issues of poverty, but doesn't shy away from calling Christians to do their part. He doesn't waste any time dealing with real issues when he says "the root cause of poverty is sin" (9). That might sound shocking, but he does a great job of explaining what he means by that.
"The basic premise of this book is that our good faith efforts to address legitimate questions of poverty and injustice must never lose sight of the fact that poverty will persist as long as the heart of man is ruled by sin . . .Read more ›
Therefore, the basic premise of this book is that our good faith efforts to address legitimate questions of poverty and injustice must never lose sight of the fact that poverty will persist as long as the heart of man is ruled by sin. (pp. 9-10).
While we are responsible for pursuing biblical solutions to poverty, our only hope for an ultimate solution is in the return of Christ, when he will put an end once and for all to sin, suffering, and death, and bring about the new creation. (p. 11)
You can taste the flavor of Awaiting a Savior through these statements.
What I also appreciate is Aaron's faithfulness in expounding the gospel and making sure the issue of social justice is emphasized in a way which honors the gospel while also not downplaying the importance Scripture places on serving the poor. Let me provide you an example. Aaron says,
Those whose hearts are inclined to the Lord will seek true justice on earth as it is in heaven. Covenant faithfulness always leads to ethical faithfulness. (p. 56 emphasis original)
Such a small phrase but so important--"covenant faithfulness." He connects the issue of poverty and the Christian duty to combat poverty within the larger theme of covenant in Scripture.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Aaron Armstrong does a wonderful job describing succinctly how our theology must inform our action with regard to poverty. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adam Horsfall
In ‘Awaiting A Savior’ Aaron Armstrong does a wonderful job at getting at the root cause of poverty. Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by Chris Canuel
The topic of poverty is frequently brought up in the church, but with no clear understanding of how to approach it. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Stephen McCaskell
This is a book that I truly believe will sharpen and encourage both individual believers and the church at large as the body of Christ seeks to better grasp the gospel and how to... Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by Angie C
When confronted by some social justice issue, whether it be modern slavery or abortion or poverty, many people have one of two reactions. The first is to do something. Read morePublished on November 15, 2011 by Jude M St John
When I was given the opportunity to review Aaron Armstrong's book, "Awaiting a Savior," I confess that I did not know what the book was about. Read morePublished on October 21, 2011 by Timothy G. Harris
This book is targeted at Christians and is a corrective on the approach that many take to addressing the issue of poverty and an articulation of a third approach that is often... Read morePublished on October 17, 2011 by JK Barker
Because poverty is a spiritual issue, you see in the pages of Awaiting A Saviour the heart of God. In today's world, we are big on social justice and ending the injustice of... Read morePublished on October 14, 2011 by Jeanie S
Aaron Armstrong believes that poverty is "fundamentally a spiritual issue, not a material issue or a matter of policies and systems and government. Read morePublished on October 14, 2011 by Amazon Customer