Should the church care for the poor? To answer this question one must define what poverty is. If this is done, one can see whether the church is called to be involved with the poor, because there are three things the church cannot ignore in relation to poverty.
Public policy and faith are often difficult to relate. This essay wants to help construct a biblically informed perspective on matters of public policy as it relates to labour, poverty, and wealth. It offers an analysis of the book of James with attention to passages that deal with the rich and the poor and examines the implications of these Christian public ethics.