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What Wasn’t Heard at the ‘Mobilization to End Poverty’
Posted By Ryan Messmore On May 4, 2009 @ 6:24 am In Culture | Comments Disabled
Earlier this week about 1000 people came to DC for the “Mobilization to End Poverty” conference sponsored by the Christian organization Sojourners. It’s encouraging to see people of all ages come together from across the country out of common concern for the poor.
Those gathered at the conference heard a lot of good material. They heard biblical teaching about poverty, injustice and the need to put their faith in action. They heard about the need for churches as well as government to play a role in advancing the common good. They heard the call to live out the words of Matthew 25 (“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…I was sick and you looked after me”) and to take up the cause of the weak and vulnerable in the public square.
Perhaps most striking, however, is what attendees did not hear emphasized at the conference.
Mobilizing people to put their “faith in action for social justice” is a good thing to do. But when it comes to advocating for public policies, perhaps churches and the people they serve would benefit from an approach that dwells more on the details. The poor might then be able to say, “I have been the victim of unintended consequences, but you took the time to learn what works. I needed an advocate, and you pursued informed policy on my behalf.”
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