Nearly 100 national Christian leaders recently released a letter to President Barack Obama and the leaders of Congress “affirming the government's responsibility concerning poor people.”
The letter, sent on Monday, further stated “Assuring government's obligation to advance the common good, ensure fairness, and defend the most vulnerable is good religion and good politics.”
The letter was sent on behalf of the ecumenical “Circle of Protection” coalition.
“We appreciate that President Obama has kept his promise to the Circle of Protection to protect the poor, and that Republicans and Democrats agreed to shield many core programs benefiting people living in or near poverty from the sequestration cuts,” the leaders wrote.
Signers of the letter included representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), National Association of Evangelicals, Bread for the World, the United Church of Christ, the Christian Reformed Church in North America, the Reformed Church, the Wesleyan Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the United Methodist Church and several Orthodox Churches.
“Help us reduce hunger and poverty by expanding opportunity and justice, promoting economic growth and good-paying jobs, stabilizing family life, and protecting the well-being of children,” they wrote.
“We celebrate the progress the world is making against hunger, poverty and disease, and we are encouraged by the possibility of ending extreme hunger and poverty globally.”