Wednesday, March 09, 2005

In the name of Jesus?

WASHINGTON - The Senate marched Wednesday toward passage of landmark legislation that would make it harder to erase medical bills, credit card charges and other debts by declaring bankruptcy. Democratic opponents made last-ditch attempts to soften the bill's impact and restrict practices of the credit industry that they said were especially hurting the poor. Got the above news off the net tonight. I'm not going to be reactionary for now, but from a ruling majority in Washington that has claimed to support Christian values, I ask, "Can we support this in the name of Jesus?" For those who don't know, Jesus cared deeply for the poor. He commanded that his followers care deeply for the poor. Througout the New Testament of the Bible, Jesus actually shows concern more often for the poor and dispossed, those at the margins of society than he does for the issue of sin in the lives of those around him. In the Old Testament of the Bible, God declares that his people should practice the Year of Jubilee every seven years. All debts are to be forgiven. Slaves are freed. The poor are given new hope. The Israelites weren't ever too good about this practice; obviously neither are we. So, this legislation is being sold to us as "pro-business" I have a different question for our elected officials. Is this legislation pro-Jesus?

1 comment:

Keith F said...

I appreciated your comments over at my site. I think we're so blessed to live in the period of the emergent church. Whether it's locally or globally, it's an exciting time with powerful implications.

As to your post, I couldn't agree more. I find that I'm most comfortable around the lost, the poor, the destitute, and the hurting. These are the real and transparent ones. I attend an A.A. meeting on Monday nights. I am so close to the members of that group. We all have a common addiction and are dependent upon God and each other on a weekly basis. It's a wonderful thing.
Anyway, grace and peace to you brother. Have a wonderful Easter with your family. Oh, and say hi to Joel.