August 2, 2011

TIMOTHY DALRYMPLE: Whom Would Jesus Indebt? “It is immoral to ignore the needs of the least of these. But it’s also immoral to ’serve’ the poor in ways that only make more people poor, and trap them in poverty longer. And it’s immoral to amass a mountain of debt that we will pass on to later generations. I even believe it’s immoral to feed the government’s spending addiction. Since our political elites have demonstrated such remarkably poor stewardship over our common resources, it would be foolish and wrong to give them more resources to waste. . . . The religious left has monopolized the language of morality and justice when it comes to matters of government spending. If we should ask, ‘What would Jesus cut?’, then we should also ask ‘Whom would Jesus indebt?’ and ‘Whom would Jesus make dependent on government?’ Since the poor are the first ones hurt by a damaged economy and low unemployment, there is a deeply moral case to be made for serving ‘the least of these’ through policies that promote a flourishing economy and culture.” Amen.

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