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Fasting Because Budgets are Moral Documents

Posted on | April 2, 2011 | Comments Off

The practice of fasting is testament-honored but not much practiced these days, as any trip to the shopping center or the movie snack bar will reveal.  But starting this week, I along with more than 20, 000 Americans will be partial fasting for economic justice.  Jim Wallis and a number of other clergy have announced a fast, and I have decided to join, because, like them, I believe that budgets are moral documents and that advocating cutbacks in basic aid to the poor–such as Food Stamps–is moral bankruptcy.  Move-On, whose leadership is also joining, announced its participation with these lines from Isaiah:

Is this not the fast that I choose:

to loose the bonds of injustice,

to undo the thongs of the yoke,

to let the oppressed go free,

and to break every yoke.  (58:6)

You can join too.

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