October 8, 2009 @ 7:25 pm by sean
“…poverty in this nation has been treated like some moral failing that only strikes those who deserve it. And since poor people have it coming to them, we figure, we’re better off turning our attention and national ministrations to the “rich” and the “middle class,” those assumed virtuous by the balance of their checking accounts and the number of SUVs in their driveways. In this stilted, ineffective debate over “Wall Street vs. Main Street,” we’ve turned our backs on the Avenue and the Boulevard.”
That is certainly a notion in this country – I got mine, you get yours; if you can’t get yours, oh well. Unfortunately, this pervades republican/conservative-Christians also. Even though their Bible read:
“The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor,
The wicked does not understand such concern.”
“How blessed is he who considers the helpless;
The Lord will deliver him in a day of trouble.”
“Open your mouth for the mute,
For the rights of all the unfortunate.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.”
Holy cow, the church doing the work it’s supposed to – this is what it can look like.