Deacon’s Message (June 2017)
Then the king will say to those at his right hand,
‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
for I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me…’
Grace and peace to you!
Christian scripture is clear – our mandate as followers of Jesus is to love God and to love our neighbors. We serve God when we serve our neighbors.
With the recent release of the President’s proposed budget for 2018, we are faced with the prospect that our neighbors who are not financially stable – who are poor – may suffer greatly. Deep cuts are being proposed to programs that provide food and shelter to our country’s poorest and most vulnerable people; programs such as Medicaid, the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (a.k.a., food stamps), subsidized school lunch programs, and much more would be slashed so that the very wealthy among us may grow even richer from the resulting tax cuts. This goes against everything Jesus teaches us about taking care of each other, especially those in need.
It is time for us as Christians to stand firm in our faith and to protest boldly against this devastating budget.
The presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – at the invitation of Bread for the World and in collaboration with other ecumenical partners – have issued a Joint Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy. Together, we are encouraged to deepen our spiritual engagement with this issue by praying – always – and fasting on the 21st day of each month throughout the time that the 115th Congress is in session. Strengthened by these spiritual practices, we are encouraged to act – to advocate with our US Senators and Representatives, beseeching them to do all that they can do to restore the cuts and maintain the programs that are of such importance to so many people.
Pray. Fast. Advocate. Live as Jesus has taught, that God’s will might be done and God’s kingdom might come.
to God be the glory!
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