Generous Justice, by Timothy Keller
Justice, or equity, means different things to different people. The question pertinent to Christians is: what does God mean when he tells us to “do justice” (Micah 6:8)? Justice is more than mere charity to the poor or equity for the subjugated. In his book, Pastor Keller shows us that justice reflects the character of God. Since God is righteous, justice is about us being righteous. In Keller’s words, we “do justice when we give all human beings their due as creations of God.” It is for this reason we help the poor and advocate for the oppressed. But God is also very generous. Everything we are and have is because of him, creation and salvation included. His generosity is unparalleled. Thus, we must also be generous, especially with our justice. This topic should matter to you as a Christian. If you want to know more, I highly suggest reading this book.
When Helping Hurts, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
Helping people is a very practical way of living out a life of righteousness. But how do we do this wisely? Oftentimes, more privileged (i.e. wealthy) Christians default to charity. This kind of justice is centrally about relief, or meeting the immediate needs of individuals and groups. But relief is not always helpful. Impoverished individuals are not benefited in the long-run when they are given a hand-out. This might create a sense of entitlement. Corbett and Fikkert have written a thoughtful book about helping others through means that promote sustainable improvement in people’s lives. They contend that Christians need to be more discerning about how they offer help. I happily recommend this book.