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As a Christian, I am a proud supporter of President Barack Obama.
There really is no other option. Jesus makes plain what is required of people of faith.
As He is dividing the sheep and goats, He offers clear explanation: “in as much as you have done it unto the least of these my brothers, you have done it unto me.”
Who are the least of these? The poor, the elderly, the young, the strangers in our land. We are called to care for these people, not to dismiss them.
One of the first conversations between God and humans led to the question “am I my brother’s keeper?” Jesus makes clear that not only is the answer yes, but our brother or sister is anyone in need.
People were very religious in the prophet Micah’s time. They went to the temple and gave to it, but God did not want their money because they cared nothing about the poor.
God held them doubly responsible because in many cases it was their greedy unscrupulous business practices that had driven many into poverty. Micah’s response was, “What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.”
Do justice. Not for some, but for all. Not just for the rich, but for the poor as well. Give everyone equal opportunity and equal access to education, jobs, housing, health care and equal opportunity to love and marry whomever they choose.
Love mercy. You can’t love mercy and be opposed to helping people who are lacking even the basic necessities of life, or trying to cut or take away programs and services that benefit them in order to give tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.
The choice is simple. It’s about an America that offers liberty and justice for all, that extends compassion, mercy and understanding to those in need, an America that judges itself not by whether we are creating millionaires, but by whether we are caring for the “least of these” among us.
Anthony M. Lowe
People of Faith for Obama