By Gregory E. Lamb, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Does the radical generosity of Luke 10:25–37 offer Western Christians in consumerist cultures a “bad” example of sound economic practice? How does Luke 10:25–37 impact the economics of global Christianity? This essay argues that Luke 10:25–37 presents a timeless, positive, and universal example of the open-handed, radical generosity contemporary Christians — reflecting upon God’s gifts to us in Christ –are to display in practicing economics, and that such an engaged, hands-on generosity has tangible economic, physical, and missiological benefits. Moreover, such a view intersects faith, work, and economics in at least three key areas: 1) stewardship and flourishing; 2) productivity and opportunity; and 3) responsible action.
This paper was a finalist in the Intersect Project Ph.D. Student Challenge Symposium. The symposium facilitated broader discussion in the church and academy about the intersection of faith, work and economics.