I’ve written previously that there’s something nearly sacramental about solidarity with and care for the poor in the name of Jesus. As many have noted, most recently N. T. Wright in his book How God Became King, it’s easy for Christians who want to be more socially conscious to imagine that the way to do this is to adopt the vision and practices of Western political liberals.
For the most part, however, such postures maintain the destructive power dynamics between the rich and poor and perpetuate, rather than resolve, problems associated with generational poverty. Christian practices involve so much else and so much more.
Check out my friend Siu Fung Wu’s wonderful article on Paul’s community vision in Romans 12 and how it might be embodied in an Australian context.