Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
But then we are hospitality people too; throughout the Bible we find warm sentiments toward the stranger, the foreigner, the sojourner, the needy – so immigrants, illegal or not, on Christian principles, should be welcomed and cared for, right? “The alien who lives near you shall be to you as the native born; you shall love him as yourself” (Leviticus 19:34) – or think of the way Jesus described the way those who will be saved treat aliens: “I was a stranger, and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35). After all, Mary and Joseph, with the child Jesus in tow, were refugees themselves.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
before his crucifixion, Jesus said “The poor will always be with you” (Mark
14:7). He wasn’t saying Therefore ignore them, or There’s nothing you can do, or Blame them. He was quoting Deuteronomy 15, where Moses
clarifies that our work to care for the poor is a constant responsibility,
never to be shirked.
Poverty can be politicized, but in God’s mind and heart, poverty is a profoundly theological and moral issue. In Old Testament times, and certainly since Jesus came along, God’s people have an absolute obligation to care about and for the poor. We love Jesus by loving the poor (Matthew 25)! Voting, for followers of Jesus, cannot be reduced to Who will fatten my pocketbook? We hold in our hearts those who have no advocate, who cling to the bottom rungs of the economic ladder, children without means – and we strive for a politics that will lift them up and empower them.