BOOK DISCUSSION & REFLECTIONMichael. J. Sandel,
Justice: What’s the Right Thing To Do?
New York: Farrar,Straus and Giroux, 2009. 308-pp. ISBN-10
0374532508; ISBN-13: 978-0374532505 (pbk), $15.00 (U.S.)
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. (Isa 55.2)
HOW WE DECIDE ON WHAT IS THE RIGHT THINGIn the Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures the answer to this question: “Whatis the right thing?” is modeled by the example of YHWH. Solomon, exempli-fying the highest aspects of secular humankind exhibits values of wealth,might, and wisdom. God, on the other hand, exhibits values of
The New Testa-ment message of Jesus reiterates God’s values through parables and exam-ple that “the ideology of
has been broken, overwhelmed by the di-vine gift of
Thus, the means for how we decide on what is the right thing is provided byGod, and for Christians by Jesus as we ask: “What would God or Jesus doin this circumstance?” As Walter Brueggemann frames the Scriptural re-sponse:Those who sign on and depart the system of of anxious scarcity becomehistorymakers in the neighborhood. These are the ones not exhausted bySabbath-less production who have enough energy to dream and hope.From dreams and hopes come such neighborly miracles as good health
JOURNEY TO THE COMMON GOOD
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The question that Isaiah is asking of the Israelites, the people of faith who so re-cently luxuriated in the free gift of abundance in the wilderness of the Exile, but whohave now “succumbed to the scarcity system of Babylon, who have joined the ratrace, and who have imagined they could get ahead if they hustled more” - have youforgotten what is important? See Walter Brueggemann,
Journey to the CommonGood
(Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2010), 29.
Brueggemann 2010, 60, 62.
Brueggemann 2010, 34.