Praying for a Just and Compassionate Budget
When people of faith enter public life they face the challenge of speaking authentically about the policy implications of their religious beliefs without being compromised by the political process. Faith speaks to politics, but should not be co-opted by those seeking partisan gain. As the need to raise the debt ceiling looms and detailed policy debates around the federal budget are ongoing, religious leaders are testifying to the power of their faith by holding daily prayer vigils for the next two weeks outside the United Methodist Building, which is across the street from the Capitol.
These vigils, which take place each weekday at 12:30 pm, witness to the fact that the budget is a moral document and our nation’s fiscal priorities should embody justice and compassion. They also serve as a reminder that God has no political affiliation, but stands steadfastly with the vulnerable and cares deeply about the least among us. Getting caught up in the day-to-day politics is an easy temptation in Washington, but these vigils are an important reminder that faith calls us to transcend partisanship while remaining prophetic.
As a pastor, I invite you to stop by the vigil either this week or next.