What Would Jesus Cut?

In the Boston Globe, Jeff Jacoby–a self-described "believing Jew"–summarizes my own feelings toward the Christian left.

About Benj

I’m a native North Jerseyan, transplanted to Pennsylvania...lived and taught in Eastern Europe for six years…Old Testament professor, ordained minister, occasional liturgist…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth.
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2 Responses to What Would Jesus Cut?

  1. Thomas says:

    I was a big supporter of Sojourners until the last presidential election. They used to be more grassroots and un-partisan, which is much different than being “bi-partisan,” which in itself is code for partisan but nice. They were a pragmatic, prophetic organization that devalued themselves into a run-of-the-mill Washington think tank and activist group.

    There is a need for a prophetic message toward our government, but those types of messages can’t be trivialized into talk show interviews, talking points and slick media campaigns.

    • thinkhardthinkwell says:

      @Thomas: Thanks for your comments. I believe we need organizations to stand up for the poor and mistreated. People of like goals, though, can disagree fundamentally on the ability of government entities to achieve positive outcomes, as opposed to defending negative rights.

      Have you ever read Olasky’s The Tragedy of American Compassion? It’s worth a read; he does quite a lot of journalistic, historical fact-digging into the origins of American charity. I think he gets to the heart of the problem with a lot of modern social and economic policy: good intentions, but flawed premises.

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