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Many lawmakers have recently stated their belief that the growing national debt of the United States is a moral issue. After unveiling a Christian federal budget proposal, Ron Sider, founder of Evangelicals for Social Action, said he agrees debt is “a moral threat,” but said poverty is a measure by which God judges society. Sider’s group recently directed a newspaper ad at Congress. Using the variation of the question, “What would Jesus do?” the group asked Congress to consider, “What would Jesus cut?”

The budget proposal entitled, “A Call for Intergenerational Justice: A Christian Proposal on the American Debt Crisis,” asks lawmakers to find ways to cut the debt while protecting the poor and investing in the future. Specifically it advises caution against cutting programs confronting disease and hunger, and to consider cutting corporate and agricultural subsidies, defense spending, and salary increases for federal employees. Sider said, “How we balance our national budget is first of all a moral question, that we must do so is clear. But the Bible says God measures societies by what they do to the people on the bottom.”

--Leaders Offer a Christian Proposal on US Debt Crisis,; March 3, 2011, Illustraton by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.

Isaiah 1:16-17 (GW) (16) “Wash yourselves! Become clean! Get your evil deeds out of my sight. Stop doing evil. (17) Learn to do good. Seek justice. Arrest oppressors. Defend orphans. Plead the case of widows.”

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