"But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth." (1 John 3:17-18 NASV)
It is time to stop giving lip service to our love and concern for the unemployed. We want to see some love in action. We want Rep. Lankford to vote to extend unemployment benefits.
Let us pray.
We are here to pray for those who are out of work -- suffering and anxious about how to feed and clothe and house their families. We know that you are concerned about them. We know that you expect everyone to be concerned about them.
We know that you have given gifts and skills to all your children that should be of benefit to all society. We know that you expect us to create an economy that employs every able bodied person and enables everyone who wants a job to exercise their energy in creative and productive ways.
We confess that the economy that our society has created does not recognize and respect the gifts and skills of all your children. Our society has never had an economy with full employment. Our society has always underutilized the gifts and skills that you have given some of your people. Today, the failures of our economic system are apparent for all who have eyes to see.
We stand before the office of one of our elected leaders – one of those who have been entrusted with the responsibility to see that the economic system we create is fair and just and offers gainful employment to every able bodied person in our land.
Today we lift up James Lankford, Lord. Open his eyes, Lord. Help him see that our economy is skewed to the benefit of the few to the detriment of the many. Open his eyes and enable him to see a system that encourages the 1% to build bigger barns overseas and hoard their wealth in ever bigger banks at home instead of encouraging them to share their wealth with the 99% at home. Help him realize that the policies he supports are enabling the 1% to gain the whole world at the cost of losing their own souls.
In times past, our leaders recognized the injustices that are hardwired into our economic system. In times past, our leaders built a safety net to provide for the needs of those who were unemployed and underemployed. They had empathy and compassion on those who were left out of our flawed -- very flawed -- economic system. But this generation has seen the rise of leaders who knew not FDR. We have leaders who have hardened their hearts against the unemployed and are preparing to dump them in the streets -- hungry and cold.
Open their eyes, Lord. Don’t let them close their eyes and harden their hearts. How can the love of God abide in those who close their hearts to brothers and sisters they clearly perceive to be in need? Open their eyes, Lord. Help them see that we need a bigger safety net for those who are unemployed.
In your name we ask this,