Rise & Shine - January 13
Shutting Down the Poor: How the government shutdown disproportionately effects the most needy among us.
The Rise and Shine discussion group meets Sunday mornings at 9:00 am in the Parlor. Adults from the 8:00 & 10:00 services gather for discussions that are relevant to their lives through the lens of a current topic and scriptural references. This week's discussion outline can be read or downloaded below.
Rise & Shine, January 13th
Speak out for those who cannot speak,
If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
In the News
Who Gets Hurt when the Government Shut Down? The people who rely on the government for food, housing, and their paychecks. By Zoë Carpenter, January 9, 2019.
Government shutdown affecting local domestic violence shelters by Rebecca Gannon, January 6, 2019.
Questions for Reflection
- Is the U.S. Government responsible for protecting and providing for the rights of the poor and needy?
- Who would be most effected if the Church shut down?
- Should lenders have different lending policies for different socioeconomic groups? Defend your position.
- How should Christians deal with institutions and systems that engage in predatory lending practices?