Reclaiming Jesus: How Confessing Faith Can Respond to a Moral and Constitutional Crisis.

For the past two Sundays we have been reflecting on a document that was written just recently and signed by Bishops, pastors, and scholars from all over the country. The document is called “Reclaiming Jesus: How Confessing Faith Can Respond to a Moral and Constitutional Crisis.” Here is the part of the document that we will focus on this coming Sunday:

“We believe how we treat the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the stranger, the sick, and the prisoner is how we treat Christ himself. (Matthew 25: 31 – 46) ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ God calls us to protect and seek justice for those who are poor and vulnerable, and our treatment of people who are ‘ …oppressed,’ ‘strangers,’ ‘outsiders,’ or otherwise considered ‘marginal’ is a test of our relationship to God, who made us equal in divine dignity and love. Our proclamation of the lordship of Jesus Christ is at stake in our solidarity with the most vulnerable. If our gospel is not ‘good news to the poor,’ it is not the gospel of Jesus Christ (Luke 4:18).”

“Therefore, We Reject the language and policies of political leaders who would debase and abandon the most vulnerable children of God. We strongly deplore the growing attacks on immigrants and refugees, who are being made into cultural and political targets, and we need to remind our churches that God makes the treatment of the ‘strangers’ among us a test of faith (Leviticus 19: 33 – 34). We won’t accept the neglect of the well-being of low-income families and children, and we will resist repeated attempts to deny health care to those who most need it. We confess our growing national sin of putting the rich over the poor. We reject the immoral logic of cutting services and programs for the poor while cutting taxes for the rich. Budgets are moral documents. We commit ourselves to  opposing and reversing those policies and finding solutions that reflect the wisdom of people from different political parties and philosophies to seek the common good. Protecting the poor is a central commitment of Christian discipleship, to which 2000 verses in the Bible attest.”

This certainly adds to the importance of our work six days a week at our Neighborhood Services Center. Let’s reflect on this together when we gather for worship this Sunday. Blessings,

Steve

 


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