In the face of historic deficits, the nation faces unavoidable choices about how to balance needs and resources and allocate burdens and sacrifices. These choices are economic, political—and moral.
As Christians, we believe the moral measure of the debate is how the most poor and vulnerable people fare. We look at every budget proposal from the bottom up—how it treats those Jesus called “the least of these” (Matthew 25:45). They do not have powerful lobbies, but they have the most compelling claim on our consciences and common resources.
The Christian community has an obligation to help them be heard, to join with others to insist that programs that serve the most vulnerable in our nation and around the world are protected. God is calling us to pray, fast, give alms and to speak out for justice.
The following is a statement by church leaders from diverse theological and political beliefs who have come together to form a Circle of Protection around programs that serve the most vulnerable in our nation and around the world. All people are invited to sign the statement and we'll send a copy to President Obama and your members of Congress.
Among the original signators are the National Association of Evangelicals, Bread for the World, the Mennonite Central Committee, Sojourners, The American Bible Society, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and dozens of other denominations and faith-based organizations. (Click here for the statement and list of originating signers.)
The declaration is not just for faith leaders. Individuals are encouraged to sign too. Click here to add your voice. Here is the text: