Charity vs. Justice

Thanks to Brooke Newell (Central New York PPG Advocacy Ministries Coordinator) for this image.

It reminds me of another story about the difference between charity and justice:

Two friends are sitting by a river one day when they notice an abandoned baby floating downstream.  They immediately jump in to rescue the child.  Before they get back to shore, they notice another baby, and then another, and another.  Soon, the babies are floating by so fast that the two friends can’t possibly save them all.

Suddenly, one of them climbs onto the bank and starts running away.

“Hey,” the friend in the water says, “where do you think you’re going?!  You’ve got to come back here and help me!”

“I’m going upstream,” the friend on shore says, “to find out who is throwing babies in the river!”

Charity and justice…

2 thoughts on “Charity vs. Justice

  1. I love this illustration about the babies being thrown in upriver. Do you happen to know where it comes from? I work with a social justice ministry in Peru (Paz y Esperanza) and would love to use the story in the future on my radio spot that shares Christian perspectives on justice (See http://www.justenglishradio.net ). Thanks.

    – Kurtis “Leon” Smith

  2. Pingback: Getting Political « Thinky Thinks

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