, Salem, MA

August 31, 2013

Letter: Will we bail out only the wealthy?

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

There have been many political cries for money over the past eight years for various bailouts and economic salvation. The people get scared and Congress acts and the world is saved. Money is given to millionaires and billionaires, and major corporations stay in business and the crisis is averted. However, this was not the case when it came to the sequester.

This means that it must have a majority effect on people with no voice who can’t contribute to any campaign and who have no lobby group and who will suffer in silence. Every month or so, I hear a news story about how a school program is closed and inner-city social and medical and educational services have been cut because of the sequester, and yet there is no rallying cry from anyone. A speech here or there, but nothing that even comes close to making a change.

As a Bible-believing minister, I feel the obvious rage should be coming from the Christian church itself, along with every leader that uses that faith to garner votes. Every politician who has a minister on stage with them and has stated, “God bless you, and God bless the USA,” should be shouting for the silent majority that has been brutalized by the sequestration. Why did God give them that power and that voice except to help the less fortunate, to help the poor, the rejected, the despised, the alien, the sick and the oppressed?

Why do those that claim a connection to Christ stand so gallantly with the oppressors of this nation? I don’t know what is in their hearts, but the heart of this nation has become too greedy and prideful, and the separation of wealth and money and services has grown too far to call this nation a land of opportunity. It has now become a land of takers. Not brotherhood and sisterhood, but a group of people that believe in taking all you can and giving nothing in return. A land of pirates living by their own moral code.

Isaiah 10 states, “Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.”

I am pretty confident any fight against an oppressor with this much power is a losing fight, but God doesn’t call us to win the fight, but to fight the fight.

We can rally, we can speak out, write letters, support those that fight for the oppressed, and most importantly, speak the truth. This sequester is a message that this country will only bail out the wealthiest and that it will ignore the least among us. The Bible teaches that we show our love or hatred of God through how we treat the least, and with that in mind, I think it is time to acknowledge our nation’s sin and then to repent.

The Rev. Nathaniel Manderson