Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What Would Jesus Cut? A Closer Look at Trump's Budget Proposal Jim Wallis

"Several years ago, Sojourners asked that question, leading a campaign to remind our leaders in Washington that: “A budget is a moral document. Our faith tells us that the moral test of a society is how it treats the poor. As a country, we face difficult choices, but whether or not we defend vulnerable people should not be one of them.”
As we look at the priorities outlined in the Trump administration’s 2018 budget released today, it’s worth asking again: What would Jesus cut?
We know what Donald Trump would cut. His budget calls for more than $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid, which takes away health care from about 10 million people. His budget would slash the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Social Security Disability Insurance program, Meals on Wheels, and federal funding for Habitat for Humanity. It would worsen hunger in America by cutting SNAP (formerly food stamps) by more than 25 percent and eliminating federal funding for subsidized school lunches.
Before he began his public ministry, Jesus fasted for 40 days. When he returned to Galilee, he proclaimed in his first sermon that “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.” The word in the original language for “good news” is “evangel” from which we get the word “evangelical.” So as an evangelical, I know that good news to the poor is at the core of Jesus’ message" —

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