When the GOP Senators released their Better Care Reconciliation Act this week, the ELCA and a host of other Christian groups immediately came out against it and encouraged their members to contact their Senators and encourage defeat of the bill. The concern again, as with immigration, the federal budget, and the Paris Climate Accords, was for how this bill would adversely affect the poor. I decided not to forward this email to the congregation.
Our denomination, based on our social statements, opposes a number of proposals coming out of Washington and Austin these days. I am hoping those who are interested in these issues are signing up to receive their own notifications by email and are not always relying on me.
Many other Christian groups are also deeply troubled by what is coming out of Washington and Austin these days. I cannot remember a time when the teachings of mainline Christians and the actions of our federal and state governments were so disconnected.
Though I plan to reduce the number of emails in opposition to all that is happening, I will keep my promise to notify the congregation if something is proposed the ELCA can strongly endorse.