Posted by zazenduck on May 17, 2006, at 15:47:55
In reply to Re: The death penalty, posted by zazenduck on May 17, 2006, at 12:50:43
Chris Bell is a nice man who teaches Sunday School and feeds the homeless. (His position on the death penalty is unknown to this poster)
From Chris Bell's site
I was addressing an adult Sunday school series on politics and faith in Houston last year when one of my Republican friends posed a question that stumped me. "Jesus had the most radical social agenda in the history of the world," he began. "Why don't Democrats ever invoke that?"
It was a good question. In the past, I was as guilty as any other Democrat in being hesitant to speak of political issues in moral and religious terms. But I have come to realize that there are some policy areas in which I can best articulate my political beliefs by also articulating the Christian values in which these beliefs are rooted.
Health care policy is the clearest example of this. Jesus himself walked from town to town healing the sick in order to manifest God's love for us. In Texas today, we have no less of a calling to heal the sick, for the mandate of the New Mainstream is rooted in the belief that we are all in this together. In the New Mainstream, quality health care can not be a privilege reserved for just the fortunate and the well-connected