The Fear of Beggars: Stewardship and Poverty in Christian Ethics

Why is that man holding a sign, Daddy?” “He wants us to give him some money.” “Why does he want money, Daddy?” “Because he doesn’t have any and he’s hungry.” “Why aren’t you giving him any money, Daddy?” “Because I’m not sure he’s really going to spend it on food . . . errr . . . because we’re tied into an economic system that forces people into poverty if they’re not able or willing to work . . . errr . . . because I’m overwhelmed by the cocktail of need, shame, fear, greed, sickness, race relations and despair crammed into the 20 seconds until the lights change . . . errr . . . can we have this conversation again after I’ve read Kelly Johnson’s book and before you discover that Luke 6:30 says ‘Give to everyone who begs from you’?”


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