Timothy Keller on poverty, power, and our money

From Generous Justice p.89:

While the Bible agrees that industriousness or lack of it is an irreplaceable part of why you are successful or not, it is never the main reason… If you have money, power, and status today, it is due to the century and place in which you were born, to your talents and capacities and health, none of which you earned. In short, all your resources are in the end the gift of God. 

Page 129:

Our political and economic systems do not listen to people without money and other forms of social power. 

Page 90:

Just men and women see their money as belonging in some ways to the entire human community around them, while unjust and unrighteous see their money as strictly theirs and no one else’s. After all, they earned it, and that’s the main reason they have it. That view of life is naïve… and it collides head on with the Bible. 


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