What Would Jesus Cut in our Budget?

by Vince

I am not one for postering everywhere WWJD but Sojo asks a good question and provides a good rationale:

Military and defense spending make up over half of the federal discretionary budget. If instead of a 2 percent increase the defense budget took a 2 percent cut, it would save almost $10 billion this year(1).

The biblical prophets make clear that a nation’s righteousness is ultimately determined not by its GNP or military might — but by how it treats its most vulnerable people. Jesus says our love for him will be demonstrated by how we treat the “least of these.”

Time and time again, war hawks toy with the image of Jesus and replace his empathy for the poor and skepticism of “the powers that be” with punch lines from Proverbs and the apostle Paul’s epistles. Ask Mother Teresa if Jesus would give to the poor (he did) or if he would ask them to help themselves first before he would “give them a handout”. Its truly insane that even much of the prophets (Isaiah, Amos, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, et al.) messages of street theater for social justice and speaking out against nationalist armies have been washed away. I hope in the coming years the original message of the Bible resurfaces.

In the meantime, reading over the gospels and thinking about our budget is a good place to start. Lets truly think about values.

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