Like many Democrats of faith, I’m still reeling—or doing something close to it—from the outcome of the 2016 election. Though there are those of us who feel a newfound call to engage in American civic life, there’s a palpable sense that our passion lacks a unified direction at which to point it. While everyone from [Read More…]
Despite the recent influx of political attention given to criminal justice reform these past few weeks, discussions about how criminal justice reform could be accomplished should be especially important to Christians. I am relieved that more people are now sounding the alarm for what they see as an over-incarcerated and mistreated population. Earlier this month, [Read More…]
As of Friday night at 8:00 p.m., 96 ordained clergy in the state of Georgia and surrounding regions have signed a petition, pleading to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to spare the life of Kelly Gissendaner— an inmate on death row, scheduled to be executed Monday, March 2nd, 2015. Gissendaner was denied clemency last Tuesday, and the [Read More…]
On December 9 2014 despite objections from anti-death penalty activists, a last minute petition to the Supreme Court, and media outcry, the state of Georgia killed Robert Wayne Holsey. Convicted in 1997 for murdering sheriff’s deputy William Robinson, Holsey’s guilt was never in question. And yet, in the weeks and days leading up to his [Read More…]
This week the nation has had the opportunity to see a side of Governor Romney we don’t see very often. He offered a clear, concise, unadulterated position- and that position happened to be a shot at the 47% of people who he claims will vote for President Obama regardless of what he says or does [Read More…]
The tendency of many leaders of the religious right and Republicans to focus on purity and on following the letter of the law while ignoring its spirit is not a problem unique to American politics…the idea–repeated by the prophets, Christ, and then throughout the epistles–that more is required of us than simple belief or a statement of faith is made especially clear in James. “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and they shudder!” (James 2:18-19).
Scripture Guide, Part 2: The Responsibility of the Nation and Its Government to “the Least of These”
The Bible has a lot to say about economic policy and the responsibility of government leaders to care for the vulnerable. The Bible leaves no room for trickle-down economics. Jesus and the Prophets do not say, “Help the widow and orphan by supporting businesses in an effort to prop up the stagnant economy”! The Bible’s call is for direct action, and it is a call placed on both society and government. [Read more…]