I just want to ask the people running things who want this to be “God’s kingdom:” Did you forget these parts or did you simply rip those chapters out?
“Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”
— Proverbs 14:31
“Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.”
— Proverbs 28:27
“Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord. “I will protect them from those who malign them.”
— Psalm 12:5
“My whole being will exclaim, “Who is like you, Lord? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them.”
— Psalm 35:10
“For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.”
— Psalm 72:12-14
“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”
— Isaiah 1:17
“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?”
— Isaiah 10:1-3
“And the word of the Lord came again to Zechariah: “This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’”
— Zechariah 7:8-10
“Give generously to [the poor] and do so without a grudging heart, then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.”
— Deuteronomy 15:10-11
For those who have not heard or read about the proposed budget, let me wake you once again from your coma and fill you in.
This is it in a nutshell:
To pay for the “wall,” a huge increase to military spending, and of course, shovel more of your scraped and slaved for money into the accounts of the wealthiest who don’t need it:
- Agencies that benefit you, your parents, your children, and just about every person you know will have their budgets slashed. Agencies such as the Department of Education, the EPA, Health and Human Services, NOAA (they track the weather), the Department of Transportation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Institute of Health, the Center for Disease Control are just a small slice of the damage being done.
- The only agencies that won’t be touched or will get an increase are the Department of Defense, Veterans’ Affairs, Border Patrol and Immigration.
- After school programs, school lunches, WIC, food stamps, Meals on Wheels, heating assistance for low-income people, public broadcasting and many programs to assist the elderly, the young, and the poor will all be gutted. Not to mention the fact that schools, teachers, scientists, and medical researchers will see funding dwindle if not dry up altogether.
Now anyone knows that when budgets get cut, people lose jobs. But I have heard nothing ANYWHERE, including independent media that addresses the number of jobs that these cuts will eliminate. The unemployment rate will again start rising rapidly. Whatever progress that was made since the Great Recession is about to reverse in nasty, nasty ways.
The Republicans are calling cutting these programs “compassionate.” I guess they mean compassionate like putting an injured animal to sleep. Because this is most definitely NOT the compassion I read about in all religions.
I will leave these here to be pondered. Please share with your elected officials to remind them of what’s in the Bible upon which they placed their hands when they were sworn into office:
“If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need.”
— Deuteronomy 15:7-8p
“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
— 1 John 3:17