A number of faith leaders announced a fast to protest the proposed budget cuts that would negatively impact the poorest and the most vulnerable in our nation. See: http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/28/why-i-am-beginning-a-fast-today/ In the Old Testament, prophets held the responsibility of representing God’s truth to the powers that be. The prophets would often ask the difficult questions to call the powerful into account for how they treated the very least of these. In these times, faith leaders should continue to ask the difficult questions. The budget of our nation has the capacity to reflect the morality of our nation.
If you have the chance, follow @jimwallis (one of the faith leaders participating in the fast) and #WWJC (What Would Jesus Cut?) on Twitter. The twitter feed raises questions appropriate for discussion in the public arena:
– “Do we cut $2.5 bil for low income heating assistance or $2.5 bil in tax breaks for oil companies?”
– “Do we cut $747 mil from WIC, a program that feeds about 25% of U.S. children between the ages of 1 and 4?”
– “Do we sacrifice the lives of 70,000 children and keep tax breaks for the rich?”
– “What would Jesus Cut?”
These are certainly questions that people of faith should be asking. In fact, asking these kinds of questions is exactly what people of faith should be doing.