The Common Good

National debt is new hot issue for evangelicals

Date: February 16, 2011

 WASHINGTON (RNS) Many economists warn that the government’s huge national debt is a looming threat to long-term prosperity. But is it also immoral?

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And while many evangelicals agree that the debt is a huge problem, some see partisan politics behind the recent surge in interest among conservatives.

“I wish the Family Research Council and Coral Ridge Ministries would have recognized the debt as a moral issue before they supported two unnecessary and immoral wars and endless corporate subsidies for years,” said the Rev. Jim Wallis, head of the Washington-based group Sojourners.