A lot of people experience injustice. A lot of people find themselves on the receiving end of life’s bitter struggles. Then along comes some Bible-toting Christian saying that “all you need is Jesus“. Well, how does Jesus help you when you can not pay your medical bills, you lost your job, or when your spouse ran off with someone else and left you in thousands of dollars of credit card debt?
Is the Christian faith just some pie-in-the-sky hope for an eternal future or does it mean something for the here and now? Ouch.
Meet Timothy Keller. Keller is a pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. This fall our church is doing a six-week study on his book Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just. Many critics of historic, orthodox Christian faith complain that the Bible stands in the way of really making progress towards eliminating injustice in our world today. Others find that efforts to promote “social justice” in the church are undercutting the message of the Bible.
In his book, Tim Keller is attempting to make a crucial connection between the experience of God’s grace on the one hand with a life empowered to live justly with our neighbor on the other. The following is a 30-minute talk where Keller summarizes the message of his book based on the teachings he finds in the Bible. Does he succeed in making that crucial connection?