August 20, 2014

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Prophetic Voices

"Therefore, because you impose heavy rent on the poor and exact a tribute of grain from them, though you have built houses of well-hewn stone, yet you will not live in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, yet you will not drink their wine." (Amos 5:11)

Last fall my colleague and friend, David Hester,  former dean of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, preached a moving and eloquent "pre-election" sermon about an issue he felt was getting very little attention from either of our two major political parties: the poor. David reminded us that in previous years and in many  past elections, such was not the case. There were vigorous debates among major candidates of the two parties in those elections about how best to address the needs of the poor.