revangelical coverMost people know that Jesus came to bring forgiveness and grace. Less well known is the Biblical teaching that a true experience of the grace of Jesus Christ inevitably motivates a man or woman to seek justice in the world. ~ Tim Keller

If we want to become Good News to the world, we must be re-evangelized by the gospel of Jesus. Our hearts and attitudes toward the poor must seek first the reign of God and his idea of righteousness — justice for all (Matthew 6: 33).

Jesus didn’t tell us to “agree with his concepts.” He called us to engage them. He told us to look for manifestations of the Kingdom of Heaven and justice. This is not a passive posture. It is a position of pursuit; it means actually taking steps to see the justice of the Kingdom happen.

The first hurdle we must clear centers on the evangelical heart. If we are going to be biblically just people (that is, righteous), we must be willing to disadvantage ourselves in order to raise the valley floor for the entire community. The opposite is true for unjust people  — evangelical or otherwise. They are more than happy to see others disadvantaged as long as they themselves can live on the mountaintop.

Good News Kingdom of Heaven people see their dollars as not belonging to themselves. They reject the nonbiblical attitude that says, “I earned it and it’s mine. I tithe and pay my taxes. I do my part and don’t want anyone touching what is mine.” Some Christians might be astonished to discover that such an attitude runs contrary to the Kingdom economy.

Lance Ford from “Revangelical: Becoming the Good News People We’re Meant to Be