Andrea Green is an assistant professor of religious studies in the School of Liberal Arts at Georgia Gwinnett College, and a teacher in the lay theological academy of the Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta.
As Christians, we are called to serve the poor. However, how do we do so justly and effectively? Green notes that by identifying the poor as “other”–as something outside of “us”–we do a disservice to the community and often do not help those in need. Christians should stand in solidarity with those in poverty as members of the body of Christ.