Towards A More Just Society

July 15, 2011 @ 11:18 am by Jacqui Lewis


To my mind the most important thing about being a person of faith is to share God's vision for a more just society. As we say at Middle Church often, we are not saved until everyone is saved. Saved means having life and having it more abundantly. It means having income enough to put food on one's table, clothes on one's back. It is time for people of faith to address the stalemate around the federal budget. I am fed up with the politics and the posturing; aren't you? No matter our party affiliation, I am encouraging us to turn our prayers and activism to this issue today!

We heard two sermons in April; one from Rev. Dr. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, and one from Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. during our Leading Edge Conference. They told us what we know to be true: the budget is a moral and spiritual document, and that people of faith need to stand up for a budget that yields justice for the most vulnerable in our society.

My friend Emma Jordan-Simpson directs the Children's Defense Fund in New York. She has prepared a wonderful letter (right click, and select "save link as" to download) that we can send to our senators and representatives right now, to encourage our leaders to do the right thing. Won't you join me in sending a letter today? We can also call President Obama's comment line every weekday from 9 AM to 5 PM to express our views. If you want to call our senators toll-free, call (888) 907-1485 and tell them that the most vulnerable must not bear the brunt of the budget cuts. Children's Programs, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid have all been threatened in the debate; let's turn that around with our prayers, our phone calls and our letters, today.

In solidarity and in peace, Jacqui


"To my mind, the most important thing about being a person of faith is to share God's vision for a more just society." I do not proclaim to know God's vision. I do know, however, that a just society is one in which there is equal opportunity. Equal opportunity does not guarantee equal outcome. Quite the contrary. There will be winners and losers in a just society. It is our job, as people of faith, to come to the rescue and support of those in need. It is not the role of government, for when government takes this away from us, it takes away our freedom, liberty, and responsibility. I am proud of the politics and posturing of Congress. It is by design. It is part of the process. It was the divine guidance of our founding fathers that gave us this system of checks and balances to limit the excesses of government. It is what American exceptionalism is all about. The sermons by Reverends Granberg-Michaelson, and Forbes, and Emma Jordan-Simpson's "wonderful" letter are thinly veiled political pleas that do not address true justice. Where is the wonderful letter in support of a balanced budget? A balanced budget would do far more for the poor, the needy, and the unemployed, than the central planning of government bureaucrats. I have addressed the stalemate around the federal budget, and I urge you all to do the same. Call your Congressmen, and Senators to support a responsible, balanced budget.

donald green on August 14, 2011

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Preparing ethical leaders for a just society. Posts by Jacqui Lewis, Senior Minister.

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