Loose Ends

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  1. Duane Arnold says:

    On your last two points, I think this quote from Oscar Romero is salient …

    “One begins to experience faith and conversion when one has the heart of the poor, when one knows that financial capital, political influence and power are worthless, and that without God we are nothing…
    We learn to see the face of Christ—the face of Christ that also is the face of a suffering human being, the face of the crucified, the face of the poor, the face of a saint, and the face of every person—and we love each one with the criteria with which we will be judged: “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.”

  2. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Overturning Roe v Wade does not outlaw abortion. All it does is send the issue back to the states. Abortion was legal in California and several states before Roe.

  3. Em says:

    to MLD’s point #2 … one of my first jobs found me running a blue print machine one summer, yeh, i can do that 🙂 … the super quit and his assistant, who was slotted to step into his position found that she was pregnant. Married and healthy and not wanting to lose that job she took time off to have an abortion at a very nice facility. Yes, she told me when she came back the reason for her 2 weeks off. This was California 1955.
    I’m sure that the back alley procedures that were touted as the only alternative did happen, but the free and easy cure isn’t a cure. It’s a curse on the nation.

    Mobs and slogans are not good problem solvers IMHO

  4. Cash says:

    Duane, the quote is indeed salient. But doesn’t it matter who controls the political levers in that these political powers have a large part to say about the treatment of the poor and the treatment of the defenseless and so forth? So, can’t politics be a worthwhile pursuit for the Christian in these narrow ways?

  5. Duane Arnold says:

    #4 Cash

    Indeed, it does matter and politics can be a worthwhile endeavor. I think, however, Romero is calling for politics to be placed in the context of conversion and faith, which begins when we see Christ in “the least of these”…

  6. bob1 says:

    I must confess that I struggle with the role of money in a Christian’s life and whether it’s valid to be middle class and not take a “vow of poverty.” There are several options —
    live like “the least of these,” be middle class and greedy, or be middle class and not greedy (i.e,, share what you don’t need with those in need.)

    I lean toward number three, I guess.

    But I sure do admire Christians like Oscar Romero!!

  7. Cash says:

    Thanks Duane!

  8. berean says:

    That’s a lot of loose ends

    How can we fix those other countries?

  9. Michael says:

    berean,

    The same way we we bleeped them up…we decide to.

    Two things create migrations…lack of economic opportunity and violence.

    Seems to me we should know a thing or two about how to address those issues.

    The reason we won’t is because power profits from misery…

  10. Jerod says:

    If we’d spent half the effort we put into beating the crap out of middle eastern fascist dictators into supporting the infrastructure of Central America we’d be in a much better place here in the US.

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