As many of you know, I am currently near the end of a series on J.R.R. Tolkien and theology with only one post in the series remaining. However, Tim Keller has released his new book on justice and considering that the purpose of this blog is to promote faith and culture I thought it would be a great idea to promote Tim Keller’s book Generous Justice here.
How do we integrate the Gospel into all areas of our life and give glory to God?
We talk about that and give assent to such statements involving glory and the Gospel, but do we fully understand what it means to glorify? or what the Gospel is all about? or how we are to live Gospel-centered lives in this modern, secular culture in the Western world?
I have written about justice in a post already and will not waste any time here discussing things which have already been mentioned (If interested, see my earlier post The End of HIV: A word on justice). Tim Keller’s book is about how we are to live Gospel-centered lives which focus on treating others like they are made in the image of God. Being a Christian isn’t simply about catching the evening or morning news to see the latest tragedy and simply roll ones eyes, turn the channel or page, or go on with ones daily activities as if the news of such a tragedy had never entered ones mind. No, being a Christian is something that requires great responsibility because first and foremost, we as Christians are identified with Jesus Christ. Jesus lived the perfect, sinless human life while being the model for justice for years to come. Jesus inspired the likes of Mother Theresa, Ghandi, and Martin Luther King Jr. among innumerable others. When we call ourselves Christians, we identify ourselves with a family that is larger, and far greater than anything this world has ever known or defined as being great. We call people like Dietrich Bonhoeffer who stood against Hitler in Nazi Germany our brother and Sophie Scholl who stood against the same tyrannical government our sister. We look to the saints of old and do not worship them, but honor them and imitate them not as one would seek to follow someone other than Christ, but for the sake of being brought nearer to the cross. We are a part of a great family of faith which is centered upon the person and work of none other than Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
So, as Christian, when we see the news, we do not simply say there is nothing to do about this and turn the channel, but we are deeply moved by it to tears because we know the true purpose of creation and humanity, and this drives us to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.”
Tim Keller has written many great books such as The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, The Prodigal God, and Counterfeit Gods among others. Now, he offers the community of faith and the world a new book about justice called Generous Justice. It is a book about how to connect our beliefs to our actions in this already/not yet world in which we find ourselves. Tim Keller has been interviewed by Kevin DeYoung and that interview may be found at: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2010/10/26/interview-with-tim-keller-on-generous-justice/
I encourage all of you reading this to consider purchasing Tim Keller’s new book on justice, reading it, and taking it to heart so as to live out Christ-centered, incarnational lives in the community where you live. I know that I myself am looking forward to reading this book and to being challenged by our beloved brother in Christ, Tim Keller.
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