Wednesday, September 10, 2008


I signed up to receive the Sojourner's email newsletter a while ago. I don't read them anymore. I mostly just get frustrated and will probably be forever deleting them. I read the subject lines and get frustrated. I know that's probably not fair but, in all actuality, the subject line usually does a pretty good job of giving a "heads up" about what's in the newsletter.

Today's was "vote poverty out!" and in that instant I was reminded of the words "the poor will always be among you." I'm not advocating we don't do anything about the reality of the poor. If you know me at all, you should know better. There's simply an ignorance that I sometimes feel about certain approaches to the fight to "end" poverty. Absolutely we should fight for the rights of the oppressed--we are commanded to! But maybe we also need to think about some of the other surrounding passages.

I think I'm going to read through Deuteronomy again...

1 comment:

M. Perkins said...

Did you know Jim Wallis will be @ Calvin one week from today? Huh.

I don't know if you've seen Alisa Harris' review of Jesus for President, but it's quite good. You should give it a read and tell me what you think: