How we spend our money - as individuals, congregations, and communities - is a reflection on who and what we value. Likewise, the federal budget is a statement of our nation's shared priorities - how we use the abundance God has given us to live into a vision of community and prosperity. In the United States and around the world, growing economic inequality and persistent poverty lie in stark contrast to our faith vision of "just community." In the United States, recent budget proposals have threatened key human needs programs while increasing spending on military conflicts.
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you - and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will have your welfare.
Jeremiah 29, NRSV
As the Council of Bishops stated in a 2007 letter:
"We are alarmed by recent trends in the federal budget that have squeezed investments in education, child care, food nutrition programs and other anti-poverty measures to accommodate dramatic tax cuts for the wealthiest citizens in the United States and to fuel military conflicts abroad. These policies turn the teachings of Christ on their head."
The United States - and the world - is blessed with a God-given abundance that is sufficient to provide for all human needs. The question is whether we, as stewards of those resources, will use them to meet human needs or feed human greed. GBCS will continue to work to reorder our collective spending and tax priorities to better reflect our shared vision of justice and wholeness for God's people.