Recently, several hundred clergy gathered at Halifax Mall behind the Legislative Building on Jones Street in Raleigh to protest North Carolina government policies that hurt the poor. I was unable to be present but I want to stand with them in protest. Christian faith is bound, in the example of Jesus Christ, to work for the betterment of the poor and the stranger.
When the world was smaller and local, people took care of the ones who needed help in their midst. Today in Macon County it is impossible for the churches alone to competently care for those folks among us who cannot afford food for their families or heat for their homes. We work hard to support CareNet in the local Methodist churches I serve, but the needs are overwhelming. Many of the people I meet are physically and emotionally unable to provide for themselves. I am alarmed at the cuts to mental health and education that will inevitably lead to greater stress on our law enforcement.