A Moral Budget: Politics, Policies, and People
Several weeks ago (right before I left for my sabbatical), I joined with six other pastors from around the country -- in partnership with Sojourners -- to draft an open letter to Congress and President Barack Obama regarding the budget and the proposals to cut certain programs that aid the poor in our country. Our hope was to invite at least 1,000 pastors to join us in signing this document.
As of today, we've had nearly 5,000 pastors and Christian leaders from all 50 states join us in signing this open letter, and we hope to keep adding voices and signatures. As a pastor and Christian leader will you add your voice to let our political leaders know that you stand with the poor?
I'm not interested in politics for the sake of politics, but I care about politics because politics impacts policies which, ultimately, impact people.
And by people, I mean that everyone matters. We're all important, but in a system where the poor are often without powerful lobbies, platforms, and megaphones, I believe that the Christian community has both the obligation and privilege to assist them and their needs to be heard. Let's not be mistaken. God does take sides, but they have nothing to do with the sides of liberals or conservatives, Republicans or Democrats, but rather, God takes sides with the poor and marginalized.
So, I encourage you, with humility and wisdom