A Christian scholar and Harvard graduate spent ten weeks sleeping on the streets with the homeless, and came back warning Christians not to just tell them about Jesus.
"I would encourage people to be authentic in the relationships they have – whether it's with homeless people or the couple next door," John Christopher Frame, a Harvard graduate and author of Homeless at Harvard: Finding Faith and Friendship on the Streets of Harvard Square, which came out last month, told The Christian Post in a Tuesday interview.
"It might be that if we seek to rush out to reach people with the Gospel, we may miss something," Frame explained. He stressed the complexity and value in every life, especially among the often misunderstood people who take to the streets. more >>
Where do social conservatives fit with the new GOP populists? Part one of this series looked at a group of conservatives who want the Republican Party to fight for the concerns of poor and working class Americans. The social conservative wing of the Republican Party could play a key role.
The new populists argue: Big government benefits the rich and well-connected. If Republicans want to make the case for reducing the power and influence of the federal government, they should design rhetoric and policies that appeal to the working class. They should point out the rampant cronyism and seek to exorcize the privileges that politicians have doled out to the rich and powerful.
Looking at the GOP's recent past and near future, the politicians most likely to take up the populist-Republican cause are social conservatives. more >>
Poverty itself harms a brain's ability to think well, thus making tasks that would help the poor more difficult, a new study finds. The study could lead to improved methods for helping those in poverty.
"Poverty itself reduces cognitive capacity ... because poverty-related concerns consume mental resources, leaving less for other tasks," researchers Anandi Mani, Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir and Jiaying Zhao found in the study, "Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function," published in the Aug. 30 issue of the journal Science.
To reach their finding, the researchers conducted two separate experiments. In the first, they chose 400 people randomly at a New Jersey mall whose income varied from $20,000 to $70,000. The test subjects conducted tests of cognitive function and were asked how they would respond if their car needed a $150 repair or a $1,500 repair. While there was little difference for the $150 repair, those with less income demonstrated a significant drop in cognitive function when their brains were taxed by the $1,500 repair question. more >>
Barnabas Fund, an international Christian aid agency, has transported and helped over 8,000 Christians escape persecution at the hands of the Islamic government in Sudan, and is calling for help to save the many more who find themselves stranded.
"In the North the government is becoming increasingly anti-Christian," Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, the international director of Barnabas Fund, said in a phone interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday.
"The North is heavily Sharia-based and strongly anti-Christian. So we've got situations where women are arrested for breaching Sharia law on dress, and can then be whipped and imprisoned. That is a major problem," he added, noting that a number of Christian churches have been attacked as well. 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 >>
Fast food workers from more than 50 cities across the U.S. walked out of their jobs Thursday, demanding the U.S. raise the federal wage limit in the service sector to $15 an hour. This is the second fast-food worker strike to take place in two months.
The workers gathered in major cities such as Detroit, New York, and Chicago on Thursday to participate in the marches, some of which included hundreds of workers flooding their local McDonald's, Taco Bell, or Wendy's to demand higher pay. Other workers are choosing to picket in front of restaurants such as Burger King and KFC during peak lunch hours to have their voices heard.
Although the Presbyterian Church and several independent religious groups are supporting Thursday's nationwide protests, others in the religious community have urged church leaders to tread lightly around issues concerning the American restaurant industry, warning that the "devil is in the details" when it comes to issues of social justice. An Op-Ed for The Institute on Religion & Democracy's blog, Juicy Ecumenism, argues that the prospect of fighting for a social injustice, such as an unlivable minimum wage, seems like an easy cause for the Presbyterian Church to support, but in reality the issue is far more complicated and intricate than it first appears. more >>