Speak Out: Neglecting the poor
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Congress has recently slashed $40 billion from the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which will affect food assistance to 4 million low-income Americans. Lawmakers will cut food to the poor but will not touch the corporate welfare (oil and gas subsidy). We know where legislators’ real interests lie.

The political debates between Democrats and Republicans had plenty of biblical references for their two different positions concerning the poor. The Republicans boast of their religious faith, but they demonstrate such cold and unsympathetic attitude toward the poor.

Christ has identified himself with the poor because he was born into a poor family. We all know the Christmas story too well. Christ has lifted from poverty the stigma that many of us have attached to it, and he declares that every insult shown them is as if shown to himself.

Christ began his first public discourse with “Blessed are the poor,” and his final sermon describes two classes of professed believers who called him “Lord” (89 percent of them in Congress). The false believers on Christ’s left side in the judgment will hear their eternal destiny by what they have neglected to do, “When I was the hungry you gave me nothing to eat … anything you did not do for one of the least of my brethren, you did not do for me.”

Isaiah J. Ashe
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