Those wedded to the idea that all US Christians, particularly evangelical Christians, are slavish supporters of Bush and the Republicans should visit Poverty is not a family value by Jim Wallis.
…whatever else the gospel of Jesus Christ is able to change about our lives – overcome our sinful habits and addictions, save our marriages and families, make us responsible people – IF the gospel that we preach does not “bring good news to the poor,” well then, it is simply not the gospel of Jesus Christ – and it is about time that we said that.
To the political leaders of this capitol city, and from the places you all live across this country, we are here to say something else: the days when you could win the support of the religious community by merely speaking the language of family values and the sacredness of life while ignoring the desperate plight of poor people in this wealthy nation and around the world are over. Because for a growing number of people of faith across the political spectrum, you will now be held accountable for how the leadership you offer and the policies you support impact the lives of those whom Jesus called “the least of these.” You see for many of us, poverty is also a life issue and as our bumper sticker says “Poverty is NOT a family value!” …
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