4,000 Pastors Respond: Private Charity Isn’t Enough
We noted last month that Jim Wallis was calling on 1,000 pastors to join him in debunking the faulty argument that private charity alone is enough to address the real needs in our community — the standard response from conservatives who want to eviscerate funding for public support programs for the poor and vulnerable.
The response has been overwhelming. In just three weeks, more than 4,000 faith leaders across the country have responded to his call, signing a letter that makes a Biblical and experience-based argument for preserving crucial programs that protect struggling families. These pastors see firsthand the recession’s devastating impact on the people in their pews and communities who are struggling to stay in their homes, find jobs and feed their families. These clergy work everyday to help meet the needs of these men, women and children. They are intimately familiar with both the power and limitations of private charity, which makes their bold letter even more powerful.
We joined with Sojourners to elevate the voices of these pastors and turn their open letter into a full-page ad in Politico today.
When the experts on charity agree that it’s not sufficient to meet the need, lawmakers should stop trying to argue the opposite.