Caring for the Poor is Government’s Biblical Role

JIm Wallis

“Caring for the Poor is Government’s Biblical Role,” by Jim Wallis in Sojourners (August 30, 2012) – Jeremiah, speaking of King Josiah, said, “He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went. Biblical theme: “The biblical understanding of justice clearly includes both procedural and distributive aspects. That the procedures must be fair is clear in the several texts that demand unbiased courts (Exodus 23:2-8; Leviticus 19:15; Deuteronomy 1:17; 10:17-19). That distributive justice (i.e., fair outcomes) is also a central part of justice is evident not just from the hundreds of texts about God’s concern for the poor … but also in the meaning of the key Hebrew words for justice (mishpat and tsedaqah).”

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