Churches to GOP: God's plan is not "Exalt the Rich, but Lift the Poor"

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    “The president basically endorsed our concern for protecting the poor as we work on balancing the budget,” Galen Carey, vice president of the National Association of Evangelicals, said after the meeting.

    The Rev. David Beckmann, president of the anti-hunger organization Bread for the World, supported the administration’s efforts to negotiate a budget that calls for spending cuts and revenue increases.

    “We applaud the president for acknowledging that any budget deal must protect programs vital for hungry and poor people,” he said in a statement.

    Churches Press Obama to Protect Poor in Budget Talks on EthicsDaily.com

    Inspired by a common spiritual conviction that God has called on all Americans to protect the vulnerable and promote the dignity of all individuals living in society, the faith community has worked along the United States government for decades to protect those struggling to overcome poverty in the U.S. and abroad. Without a sustained federal commitment to these programs, the interfaith leaders fear that their Houses of Worship will be unable to solely support the country’s most vulnerable in their time of need.

    Among those who were arrested include Jim Winkler, General Secretary, General Board of Church and Society, United Methodist Church; Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Shalom Center in Philadelphia; Rev. Jennifer Butler, Executive Director, Faith in Public Life; Rev. Paul Sherry, Director of the Washington Office, Interfaith Worker Justice; Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Director of Public Witness, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); Rev. Michael Livingston, Past President, National Council of the Churches of Christ (USA); Sandy Sorenson, Director of Washington Office, United Church of Christ; Martin Shupack, Director of Advocacy, Church World Service; Jordan Blevins, Director of Peace Witness Ministries, Church of the Brethren; and Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar, President of Common Cause.

    Faith Leaders Arrested In Capitol Hill Protest To Protect The Poor

    On Wednesday, faith leaders met with President Obama to pray, read scriptures and urge him to protect the poor. Before meeting the president, the leaders met with Republican Rep. Paul Ryan. They are now setting their sights on sit-downs with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell.

    "We are not among those who want to kick the can down the road," said Galen Carey, vice president of Government Relations for the National Association of Evangelicals.

    Carey and members of the faith coalition Circle of Protection believe the budget is a moral issue that they must address now rather than later.

    Christian Leaders Lobby Obama, Congress for the Poor, Christian News

    What Would Jesus Cut? Christian Leaders Say Protect the Poor

    Republicans Reverse 26-Year Old Budget Precedent to Protect the Poor

    July 28, 2011
    As we reported earlier today, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as well as local Catholic leaders have criticized Speaker John Boehner for his proposed debt-reduction plan, which would "make tax cuts for the wealthy our most sacred national priority" instead of protecting the most vulnerable members of society.

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    I don't even have supernatural beliefs, but I still know what's right. These aren't "crazy wacko left wingers". These are "religious leaders", many of them Republicans and conservatives.
     
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    Has anyone argued otherwise?

    Apparently rdean seems to think that when we object to using the government for robbery but instead encourage people to give of themselves voluntarily, we are exalting the rich and putting the poor down. However, his reasoning is clearly lacking.
     
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    Funny, their "reasoning" agrees with my "reasoning".
     
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    Tell me something, why would a person that does not believe in mysticism quote someone who does to make a point? Is it because you have no principles and will whore yourself out to anyone to score political points? Come to think of it, that sounds a bit like someone else who was in the news recently, can you tell me who it was?
     
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    God's plan is not "Exalt the Rich, but Lift the Poor"



    True



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    To you, helping the middle class and the poor is "whoring".

    To me, what you do, crawling and kissing the feet of the rich is "whoring".

    We just have different views. Since you apparently believe in "mysticism", I would be curious to know the name of your "God". If he were real, I wonder which side he would be on?
     
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    What does this have to do with the fact there is a significant dissonance between Christian dogma and conservative political dogma.
     
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    Good question. I would love to hear the answer.:popcorn:

    Anyone?
     
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    All the sudden Rdean is arguing that the church is right on something? Aren't churches the epitome of stupidity, superstition and backwardness? Don't church folks have so much trouble thinking clearly that they can't tie their shoes without assistance? Why all the sudden this respect for the opinions of a church?

    It is refreshing to see that Rdean recognizes that churches do have the right of something once in a while. Maybe 6% of the time, but still it is good to get an acknowledgement.
     
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    "Bread for the World"?

    Why doesn't David Beckmann tell Obama to stop diverting 40% of the US corn crop to an unneeded commodity like ethanol.
     
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