I am realizing that my formation to this point in life has rather poorly equipped me for serious obedience to the concern throughout scripture that God’s people share themselves and their resources with the poor. Sometimes, I have tried to be gracious about it, and said, “That’s something another part of Christ’s body does well.”
As well, I have seen attempts at helping, which seemed, even to me, to likely be counterproductive in the long haul.
How good, then, to learn of a wonderful introduction to the matter which strikes me as:
- biblical (with a special focus on Christ as King and Christ’s Kingdom, and on the over-arching grand Story of the Bible)
- humble (the authors admits many of their own errors, and are gracious throughout); there is tremendous humility here!
- in touch with “systems” thinking
- aware of how “culture” works in human life
- clearly “both/and” in tone
- nuanced (i.e. they do not pretend that issues are simpler than they are)
It is: Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert, When Helping Hurts: How To Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor (Moody Publishers, 2009).
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