Charity is commendable; everyone should be charitable. But justice aims to create a social order in which if individuals choose not to be charitable, people will not go hungry, unschooled or sick without care. Charity depends on the vicissitudes of whim and personal wealth; justice depends on commitment instead of circumstance. Faith-based charity provides crumbs from the table; faith-based justice offers a place at the table.
--Bill Moyers, as quoted in Foreword, Faith Works: From the Life of an Activist Preacher by Jim WallisJustice contains charity.
Important to keep in mind as we paddle out into the icy waters of recession, no?