The subject of social justice and whether or not the church should involve itself in such things is a hot topic these days, especially amongst younger Evangelicals. I'll never forget a conversation I had a couple years ago with a good friend named Mark. We were sitting in a hotel room discussing whether Christians have been enlisted by God to be involved in social justice issues. Mark was apprehensive about that idea simply because he believed Christians have one primary responsibility—evangelism. And if Christians get too involved in social justice, they will become distracted from their principal task. Although we ended up agreeing to disagree, Mark's concerns were understandable.
It was a good and lively conversation.
Well, enter Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC. Tim has been speaking about justice for many years but has just recently put his Biblically seasoned, gospel-saturated insights into a new book coming out in October of this year entitled Generous Justice. Here is the publishers description:
It is commonly thought in our secular culture that the Bible is one of the great hindrances to doing justice. In Generous Justice, Timothy Keller illuminates a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace: a generous, gracious justice.
Generous Justice is a book for believers who find the Bible a trustworthy guide, as well as for those who suspect that Christianity is a regressive influence in the world.
Keller calls upon life-long Christians to deepen their faith by understanding that justice for the poor and marginalized is central to the Scripture's message and challenges skeptics to recognize that the Bible is actually the basis for the modern understanding of justice.
Like all of Tim's books, this one promises to be mind blowing, heart warming, will bending, and trend setting.