On a political level, on a “fiscal cliff level,” on a holiday spending-Black Friday frenzy level, on a prayerful and spiritual level – let us not forget the poor, the working poor. What great gifts we as individuals, within our churches, and as a nation can bring this season! Below is a great article today from Sojourners: “…an open letter to the president and Congress with a simple message: during the holidays, please “advance policies that protect the poor — not ones that make them poorer.”
Dear Congress, This Holiday Season, Don’t Make the Poor Poorer
by Jim Wallis 11-21-2012 | 7:50am
We’ve heard a lot about the potential effects on Wall Street, our nation’s credit rating, and even the military. But little has been said about the devastating consequences for our nation and the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people — or for the charities and non-profits that serve them.
This week, the Circle of Protection, released an open letter to the president and Congress with a simple message: during the holidays, please “advance policies that protect the poor — not ones that make them poorer.”
America, by many standards, is a generous nation. We give about 2 percent of our GDP to charity. While that doesn’t sound like much, it’s nearly double what Great Britain, the next most generous nation, gives.
This season is when many in our country give of their time and money to help those in need. These programs are important. But according to Bread for the World, all the food provided by churches and charities amounts to only 6 percent of what the federal government spends. And, unfortunately, a recent poll commissioned by World Vision, shows that while Americans plan to spend more this year on gifts, they are planning on giving less to charity.
Read the full story here.