The Common Good

Poverty on the Rise: Children and Vulnerable Hit Hardest in 2010

Date: September 14, 2011

 

Sojourners president Jim Wallis said that the new figures raises the importance of poverty as both a religious and political issue.

“These new poverty numbers should be the number one religious issue for the 2012 presidential election,” Wallis said. “If a candidate for president claims to follow Jesus, then their concern should be for the poor. If they profess faith in God, they should faithfully observe God’s concern for the oppressed. It’s up to voters to evaluate how the candidates respond to these numbers and it’s up to the media to hold leaders accountable to their professed beliefs.”