|To the Editor: Christian Right often forgets precepts about the poor|
|Written by Jack Taylor|
|Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:28|
After reading the LTE in the September 11th edition of the Sentinel-Tribune, I have drawn the conclusion that many of the people who proclaim God's word the shrillest are members of the Christian Right who profess a yearning for a return to America as a "Christian nation." With being said, I find it ironic that while they advocate for the establishment of a government founded upon Christian precepts and statutes, many of which address how we should interact with our neighbors and respond to the plight of the poor, the widows, and our nation's outcasts, they simultaneously oppose the Affordable Care Act, disparagingly referred to as Obamacare, that will provide health insurance to over 35 million uninsured Americans. One of the most common reasons given for their opposition is that the ACA will lead to health care for all, i.e., socialized medicine.
They seem to have conveniently forgotten that Jesus restored sight to the blind, cured the sick and healed those with a mental illness without providing them with a bill or demanding a co-pay. Also, they overlooked the part where Jesus provided thousands with free food.
These same people want to cut the Supplemental Nutritional Assistant Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistant for Needy Families (TANF) program even though 14.5 percent of American households, or 17.6 million families, had difficulty at some time in getting enough food to eat during 2012. Furthermore, they chastise those Americans living in poverty for being lazy and not working hard enough, but say nothing about the 17million dollar salaries and millions of dollars in bonuses given to the leaders of Wall Street who are responsible for the Great Recession.
It would recommend that they read John Wesley's sermon on the use of money He informs his congregants that "…if you make and save all that you can honestly, but do not give all you can away to relieve poverty, feed the hungry, and heal the sick, you may be a living person, but a dead Christian?"
In closing, I would like to leave you, especially my Christian brothers and sisters, with this admonition from Matthew 7:2, "For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you deal out to others, it will be dealt to you."
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