A coalition of progressive Christian leaders has taken out a full-page ad that asks “What would Jesus cut?” in Monday’s edition of Politico, the opening salvo in what the leaders say will be a broader campaign to prevent cuts for the poor and international aid programs amid the budget battle raging in Washington.
“They’re talking about cutting bed nets for malaria and leaving every piece of military spending untouched,” said the Rev. Jim Wallis, who leads the Christian group Sojourners, referring to Republican spending proposals for the rest of this year.
“Are we saying that every piece of military equipment is more important than bed nets, children’s health and nutrition for low-income families?” said Wallis, whose group paid for Monday’s ad. “If so they should be ashamed of themselves.”
Amen! I often get very discouraged that there are no reasonable Christians left in this country and it is refreshing to see this campaign “What would Jesus cut?” and the full page ad that Sojourners has taken out. Click on the image for a larger version.
Steve Benen, as usual, gets the Hat tip for this story, here is a little from his post…
What’s more, it’s worth noting that it’s not just Sojourners speaking out. Faith in Public Life is also helping organize related efforts with a similar message.
“How we balance our national budget is first of all a moral question. That we must do so is clear. But the bible says God measures societies by what they do to the people on the bottom,” said Dr. Ron Sider, founder and president of Evangelicals for Social Action.