Christian leaders have criticized Congress today, arguing that its failure to solve a "completely avoidable budget and financial crises" would leave the country's poorest most at risk.
In a letter released Monday, 33 Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders expressed deep concern that "shuttering the federal government or defaulting on the nation's financial commitments is likely to reverse our fragile economic recovery, punish the middle class, and deeply harm our most vulnerable neighbors."
They also called on the House of Representatives' most conservative members to rethink the effect of their actions, warning them that "to hold our governance processes and financial credibility hostage to narrow priorities is not only dangerous to the nation's near-term financial well-being," but that "it threatens the very foundations of our democratic process and our capacity to live united in community." more >>
Recent polls suggest that a majority of Americans agree with congressional Republicans on many of the current debates over government spending and the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." Yet, Republicans in Congress remain deeply unpopular, with most Americans saying they act like spoiled children. This could mean that the public does not like their methods of achieving their goals, or they believe Republicans in Congress are incompetent.
Most Americans, by a two-to-one margin, 61 percent, believe that the debt ceiling should not be raised without conditions that would reduce the amount of debt, currently near $17 trillion, the government continues to accumulate each year, even if those conditions risk default, according to last week's Bloomberg poll. This is consistent with the Republican position and in opposition to President Barack Obama, who has demanded a non-conditional, or "clean," debt ceiling increase.
A fascinating article at Bloomberg.com caught my attention recently. It was the kind of article that puts the power of the Cross into focus, once again. t involves a conversation about death.
Apparently there is a new fad engulfing our culture where friends and family gather together to talk about – of all subjects – death. A project called "Let's Have Dinner and Talk about Death" is trying to start a national conversation about death and dying in this country and around the world. The project stemmed from a Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM) course at The University of Washington.
According to their web site, the group is made up of "everyone from oncologists, gravestone designers, palliative care experts, authors, curators, health care CEOs and artists to spark a powerful movement around facing death and planning for end of life. We're putting out a call to action for people to start a conversation with their friends or family about death- and we're giving people the tools to make it easier, more meaningful, and even fun." more >>
Greater love has no man than he lay down his life for his friends. So said Jesus Christ.
There are many heroes we can honor on 9/11. Such as those who fought back on the plane that went down in a field in Pennsylvania. (Said Todd Beamer: "It's time. Let's roll.") Such as all those firemen who went up the Twin Towers as they were burning from the terrorist attacks.
Thousands commemorated some of those heroic firefighters in runs across the US, including one called "Tunnels to Towers," to remember fallen fireman, Stephen Siller, who died on 9/11, trying to rescue as many as he could. At my pokey pace, I even got to run such a race in Ft. Lauderdale. more >>
An important new book has recently been published which addresses the question of global poverty, but does so by provoking the reader to also consider our own nation and demand that we better understand ourselves and the wellsprings of our own success.
Two evangelical Christians have teamed up, one an economist and one a theology professor, to write Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution.
The economist is Barry Asmus, senior economist at the National Center for Policy Analysis. The professor is Wayne Grudem, research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary. more >>
A group of conservative thinkers have begun pushing GOP politicians to make a radical turn toward the concerns of poor and working class Americans. Republicans can win on the Democrats own turf, they say, by arguing that conservative policies will benefit those in the bottom half of the income scale, while Democratic policies and actions favor the wealthy.
Will Republican politicians take up the cause?
The pro-working class conservative message goes something like this: Big government benefits big business at the expense of the little guy. While claiming an agenda for the little guy, the Democratic Party is actually engaged in crony capitalism, corporatism, and special interest favors for political supporters. more >>