My friend David Fraccaro from FaithAction International House likes to ask when he’s talking to Christian folk about immigration, “Take off your political hat and put on your faith hat.” When we do that, we find we have more in common than we might think.
That’s what we’re asking our congregation and community to do on October 21 and 22 when Gene Nichol speaks to us about childhood poverty. Let’s take David’s approach — put aside our political hats and put on our faith hats.
How can our faith inform our thinking about children in poverty? “Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17). This is not an isolated verse, but a central theme of the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.
- Can we allow the Bible to speak to us about poverty?
- Can we allow Jesus Christ’s words and actions toward the poor to move our hearts and inform our thinking?
- Can we think about poor children as children for whom we share responsibility?
- Can we hear Gene Nichol’s words through the filter of God’s justice rather than the filter of our partisan righteousness?
Will you come? Which hat will you bring?
-Melanie Rodenbough, for the Ruth Lamb Enrichment Subcommittee