Our Eyes Were Opened

Charity and Justice

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William Sloane Coffin, noted activist minister now deceased, said, “Had I but one wish for all the churches of America today, I think it would be that they come to see the difference between charity and justice. Charity is a matter of personal attributes; justice is a matter of public policy. Charity seeks to alleviate the worst effects of injustices; justice seeks to eliminate the causes of it. Charity in no way affects the status quo, which is why charity is so popular in middle-class churches, while justice leads inevitably to political confrontations.”

Let justice roll down like waters. Charity is good…in its place. But justice…now justice is a wonderful and awesome thing.


Author: bethltempleton

Beth is founder and CEO of Our Eyes Were Opened, an organization that teaches people about poverty so that they may reach out with wisdom and compassion.

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