A pregnant woman has to walk 4.5 miles to collect a food parcel from a foodbank in B’ham. Is this the kind of society we want to live in?
@TASefton Is it a problem for the church that it is now seen as a body which demands government action on poverty rather than acting itself?
Foodbank I visited is run by an amazing church that IS acting. But, I don’t think Church can replace welfare state, do you?
@TASefton I agree church cannot replace the welfare state but it gains respect for its charity, not for being the Labour party at prayer.
@JGBartholomew Church’s role is not only about charity, but also to speak out on behalf of the poor. This is biblical, not party political.
@TASefton Idea that church has biblical endorsement for demanding ever more generous government welfare is unjustified and gives offence.
@JGBartholomew Bible says “defend the rights of the poor and needy”. Not unlimited welfare, but ensuring cuts don’t hit poorest hardest.
@TASefton I won’t try to continue to debate in 140 characters but I wd be grateful if you could let me know where to find this quote. Rgds J
@JGBartholomew Proverbs 31:9, but also Psalms 82:3, Isaiah 10:1-2, Jeremiah 22:16, etc. This is why Bishops are speaking out in the Lords.
@JGBartholomew And one last question for you. I’m interested in why you think the Church might offend by speaking out on these issues.
@TASefton Church offends by implying that good, charitable people who take a different view on how best to help the poor are immoral.