“About 4,000 pastors nationwide, including 91 in Tennessee, signed a letter titled ‘Listen to Your Pastors,’ urging Washington not to cut welfare and charity programs for the poor. It was penned by several pastors and circulated by Sojourners, a Washington, D.C.-based Christian social justice organization.”
National debt debate divides church leaders
http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/07/what-is-poverty ]In recent years, the Census has reported that one in seven Americans are poor. But what does it mean to be “poor” in America?
Ask most people to describe materialism and you’ll hear references to big screen TVs, computers, SUVs, big houses and overpaid CEOs. A few might mention “consumerism” and “greed.” Most would agree with the idea that materialism has been a major obstacle to relieving world poverty. Some would say it’s the cause of that poverty.
But what if materialism isn’t really what most people think? We could fall prey to materialism unawares or reject good ideas we have misidentified as materialism. In seeking to help the poor, we could waste our efforts opposing what really contributes little to the poverty problem.
So what is materialism? I’ll pursue a definition by countering four popular myths.
A widespread attitude, especially among Christians, is that materialism involves attaching value and importance to material things—and that these things are not truly important.
But wouldn’t that make God the first materialist?
As faith coalition for the poor grows, so does conservative opposition
Roger Pilon: “The Good Samaritan is virtuous not because he helps the fallen through the force of law but because he does so voluntarily.”