Saturday, September 21, 2013

An open letter to my congressman regarding SNAP--a creative response

Dear Representative Lance
            Greetings, my name is Christopher Lee Halverson, I’m the pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran in South Plainfield, NJ. I sent you an email via my denomination’s advocacy office letting you know that voting for deep cuts to SNAP harms the neighbor in need, which according to our tradition is an unfaithful act.
            In fact, Luther talks about making public officials of his time wear shirts (okay, it might have been a coat of arms) with images of bread on them, to remind them that their primary duty is to ensure that the daily bread God provides to all—the just and the unjust—is distributed in such a way that everyone has enough.
            Your office will be receiving a copy of this T-shirt as a reminder.
Pastor Chris

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