Jim wallis, CEO of Sojourners, wrote a valuable article on the biblical perspective of the purpose and roles of government. His ultimate focus is on the government’s repsonsibility of care for the poor. Although I anticipated a liberal-leaning diatribe for welfare, what I read was an excellent defense for the common good. He argued not for equality of outcomes but rather for the justice of fair outcomes economically and otherwise. To get to that point, Wallis shows how governments are to defend their people against evil while promoting the good. He covers the responsibilities of executive, legislative and judicial aspects of government as well as business to protect and promote the well-being of all citizens. In so doing, Wallis offers readers an outline for a just and good society based on the biblical record.
“Caring for the Poor is Government’s Biblical Role” is worth reading.