The Common Good

US Congress members sent 'Poverty and Justice Bible'

Date: November 16, 2013

The October 2013 government shutdown and fiscal crisis may have ended, but Christian leaders remain united in their desire to remind members of Congress that the nation's moral obligation to the poor is far from over – writes Christy Lynn Wilson.

Thanks to a donation from American Bible Society, all 535 members of the House of Representatives and Senate will soon be receiving a copy of The Poverty and Justice Bible.

During the shutdown, Christian leaders joined together for a “Faithful Filibuster” to urge America’s legislators to keep the poor in mind as they work toward a long-term solution to the nation’s financial woes.

Every day the Congress was in session during the crisis, supporters of the Faithful Filibuster stood across from the Capitol and read all 2,000 verses related to poverty and justice from American Bible Society's The Poverty and Justice Bible.

Circle of Protection, an alliance of Christian leaders committed to ending poverty, organised the Faithful Filibuster.

“As Christians, we believe the moral measure of any budget debate is how the most poor and vulnerable people fare. They do not have powerful lobbies, but they have the most compelling claim on our consciences,” said Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, a member of the Circle of Protection.