What causes poverty, and what am I supposed to do about it?
These questions are driving a new generation of Christians to take action on behalf of the poor through social and political action, global partnerships, and financial generosity, as they desire to become the generation that ends poverty forever. Yet in pursuit of this goal, they risk losing sight of a fundamental reality: the root cause of poverty isn’t found in material or external circumstances. The root cause of poverty is sin— and sin is not a problem we can solve.
But Jesus can.
In Awaiting a Savior, Aaron Armstrong reminds readers that even as we are responsible for pursuing biblical solutions to poverty, our hope for truly resolving it comes not from the good we do, but from the return of Christ, who will once and for all put an end to sin, suffering, and death as he brings about the new creation.
Table of Contents:
1. Poverty is Spiritual: The Persistence of Sin
2. Whose Kingdom?: The Lure of Utopian
3. Light to the Nations?: God’s Covenant and the State of our Hearts
4. Faith with Works: The Evidence of a Changed Heart
5. Grace-Enabled Service: The Gift of Love and Its Demands
6. From Disappointment to Worship: Celebrating God’s Plan
7. A Thankful Heart: The Holy Spirit, Generosity and Getting Past “Enough”
8. Wiping Every Tear: The End of Poverty and an Eternity with Jesus
Appendix: What to Do Now
Aaron Armstrong is Brand Manager for The Gospel Project, Lifeway Christian Resources.
“Aaron Armstrong has not only thought hard about alleviating poverty, he’s also worked hard at it. Consequently, this biblical theology of poverty is a mixture of pessimism, optimism, and realism. He’s rightly pessimistic about humanistic solutions, he’s brightly optimistic about God’s ultimate solution, and he’s practically realistic about the best and most the Church can do in this present age.” — Dr. David P. Murray, professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; president of HeadHeartHand Media