Sunday, March 24, 2024

Bill Crawford: Pray for Legislative Works not to be Indifferent

During the season of Easter, Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. What better time to reflect upon His key teachings – love God and love each other. Jesus told us that includes enemies, strangers, children, the sick, the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.

Overlapping the Easter season is our annual season of law making – the Mississippi Legislature is in session. What better time to reflect upon the tenor of laws being made – or not made – in comparison with Jesus’ key teachings.

Oh, but lawmaking is government work and religion must be kept separate from government.

Horse feathers.

Jesus’ teachings beget the values that reside in the hearts and minds of men and women of good will. These values cannot and should not be walled off from their decisions, whether in government, business, or civic works.

“Values are more than potential materials for the legislative law-maker,” wrote Oliver Wendel Holmes, Jr. in his 1881 book The Common Law. “They serve as critique of proposed measures of lawmaking.”

Holmes, called "the greatest of our age in the domain of jurisprudence” when he died in 1932, hit the nail on the head. In critiquing the lawmaking of our legislators do we observe therein values commensurate with Jesus’ teachings?

Yes and no.

Regretfully, signs of the seven deadly sins can be found. But most disheartening is the form of sloth we know as indifference, especially toward those Jesus particularly called on His followers to help.

It is not that our legislators choose not to answer every call for assistance. It is that many act indifferent, at times antagonistic, to both the needs and those in need. And where they could prudently offer assistance, they too often turn away.Fortunately, there are those in the Legislature who are striving to overcome that indifference. Yes, conscientious conservatives are among them.

This Easter season, let us find a few moments to pray for our legislators, that their works shall be for the glory of the resurrected Christ and not indifferent to those in need.

“He said also to the one who had invited him, ‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’” – Luke 14:12-14.

Crawford is a syndicated columnist from Jackson.


Anonymous said...

I agree with you on this one!

Anonymous said...

Only a moron would suggest the legislative session overlaps Easter.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Crawford equates government funds with how personal funds should be spent. For all he knows every legislator is spending well over 10% of their personal funds on charitable giving in addition to devoting personal time to helping others. The “indifference “ he speaks of could be the tough decision of how to spend taxpayer money. It’s not easy to give away someone else’s money. This is one characteristic that separates the Left from the Right. As Margaret Thatcher said, “ the problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

Saltwaterpappy said...

Perhaps Bill's message should also be directed to those in need. Jesus admonished everyone to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteous, and then all of your material needs will be met. Our nation's Founders strongly believed, that in order for our republic to survive, there must be a sense of "virtue" among the citizenry--one of the main elements being "industriousness". I'm not saying that all people in need are lazy--far from it. That is why an expansion of Medicaid to the working poor (when the money is available) makes sense. As I think it was T.S. Elliott who once said, "The problem with Christianity is Christians."

Anonymous said...

I am not Christian. However, most religions require individuals do works of charity. No religion demands turning charity over to the faceless, unaccountable government bureaucracy.

Anonymous said...

It seems that Mr. Crawford worships at the altar of government. He makes his appeal to the one he is in submission to, and has faith in. I find it a strange thing that he would use the words of a book whose purpose is to reveal the true GOD.

The humanist religion, though Mr. Crawford would deny his membership, is filled with those that are described in Romans 1:22-25. These individuals, professing themselves to be wise, have become fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible GOD.

It is the work of the church to fulfill the commissions of Jesus Christ, not a secular government. It won't be a government that stands on the day of judgement. It will be mankind that will be measured by Matthew 25:40-45

Anonymous said...

6:04 and many others. We all will one day stand before God & be judged and all means all; the church (whatever that means) the secular, all people of all religions that worship the one God that formed us and all things. And everything is God’s. I believe HE lets us create wealth to see if we use it wisely to help the poor and needy.

Anonymous said...

No religion demands turning charity over to the faceless, unaccountable government bureaucracy."

I don't know about 'religion' making demands. But I do know scripture does not admonish us to care for, give to or pour the fruits of our labor over the shiftless, aimless, indolent, lazy willingly-non-contributors among us.

Charity, or call it whatever you like, is far distant from providing for those who sit under a tree or on a porch.

Anonymous said...

For anyone in the know, the fiscal state of Mississippi as a whole is in dire straits - even with a reported billion dollars in surplus at the moment. It has been neglected as a whole for so long that there are major cities that require many billions of upgrades just to remain livable. The channeling of hundreds of billions through it's higher education system is where most of it was wasted to build little fiefdoms that are no longer needed at the expense of the basic infrastructure of the states' needs.

I'm no fan of Tate Reeves nor ANY of the idiot legislators or members of the judiciary who are ALL political animals - but they are attempting to forgo encumbering more state dollars and becoming even more dependent on more federal dollars like Mississippi already is.

But right now is not the time to wishfully dream of helping many more of the poor with magical dollars that will never stop existing. People just don't realize how quickly it could, and likely will, all go away with the economic correction on the horizon.

Anonymous said...

If you’re really Christian, Crawford and his minions say, you’ll legislate my leftist schemes that conform to what I tell you is Christian; otherwise, you’re simply a hypocrite.

It’s a tactic that Christians have been falling for, one that’s worked for a long time now.

Anonymous said...

Hijacking Jesus is endemic among socialists.

Parental Choice reform in education can provide a foundation, away from administration grifters, to enable competitive individuals to grow wealth and prosperity in MS.

Anonymous said...

Somehow, many these days think their faith allows them to be "convenient" and "self-serving" when it comes to their ethics.

Many are clearly math challenged if they don't understand we have to "pool" our money to ...oh a church.

But, the most amazing is the hypocrisy of Mississippians who are dependent on the Federal government the " welfare" money is NOT the bulk of that! The Gulf Coast would still be in shambles, we'd not have any highways or infrastructure or repairs of said infrastructure were it not for Federal tax dollars supporting this state.

And again we are watch schisms in our mainstream Christian churches thanks to politics. And, yet again, their will be abandoned churches left to become squalor in cities when building that big,fancy new church was unnecessary and finding ways to maintain your church has historically proven "doable" all over the world in cities and villages.

I think perhaps we should all spend a bit more time on the seven deadly sins and have a discussion on why politics is a threat one's soul. It is very easy to be selective in Bible verses and ignore context if needed to support a political position and justify mankind's bad behaviors. Every single person drinking poison Koolaid or burning in their compound ought to hint at the dangers of religion mixed with politics.

But, the real killer is one of the Ten Commandments. And, it's about bearing false witness. False witness includes lies of omission and lies of repetition of that you did NOT WITNESS whether you know it to be a lie or not.

You learn these things not so much at church but from Biblical scholars who know the actual Aramaic and know the culture of the time it was written. It's why schools of divinity existed. But, then we see what happens to religion when man organizes it uses it as a tool to become wealthy and/or more powerful.

There is just something terribly off about " a man of God" living in luxury and flying around in his personal jet while people in his community are too poor to get their basic needs met and there are no jobs to be had. How much money is too many fine houses and cars to we need? How fancy and embellished must we be? And, why do we never hear what the Bible says about that at church anymore? You know the " camel through the eye of a needle thing". Or even that Jesus didn't ride fine horses or in fine carriages wearing fine clothes.

Anonymous said...

March 25, 2024 at 10:37 AM, what's your point? Oh, that's right, you don't have a point. You're a Christian hating atheist.

Saltwaterpappy said...

10:37---- I'm no psychiatrist, but perhaps you may be laboring under a narcissistic personality. As 11:48 comments, "what's your point?" You meander all over the place.

Truuthsayer said...

"When did we deny you food and water, Lord?" "What you have done to the least of these, you have done to me." Love, Jesus.

The state is an extension of the people's will in America. The rules for it are the same as the ones for us ads individuals. "Feed the poor, clothe the needy, help the widows and orphans, period!

Ignore this at your eternal peril.

Anonymous said...

March 26, 2024 9:26 AM

"Ignore this at your eternal peril"
You do not have the power to threaten this.

Truuthsayer said...

Hey 9:26. I have no power, but I am not the one who will deliver your judgement. You are the one who will condemn yourself if you ignore the truth and do not use all human means to care for the needy. My only power is to pity and pray for those condemned souls who rationalize denying their human duty both individually and corporately. Lord, open the eyes of these humans who turn a blind eye to the needy. Amen.

Anonymous said...

March 27, 2024 at 9:38 AM, really?? You need to lighten up on the Jeremiah routine. There is much more in the bible than the book of Matthew. Good works alone will not provide redemption.

Anonymous said...

March 27, at 9:38 AM

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.

Timekeeper said...

BTW 9:38, the folks in Jeremiah's day told him to lighten up, too! Might want to read about how it turned out for them. We face the same fate if we do not direct all our human institutions toward helping the needy, widows, orphans, etc. The folks in Jonah's time did listen to him and they were saved. Tick, tock, tick, tock...

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