Come Sunday, I will be frantic with activity because Sojourners is hosting The Mobilization to End Poverty - a three-day, historic event that will virtually END poverty. Well ... maybe not, but hopefully it will get us on the right track.
I have to admit, I'm getting more excited as the event approaches. I'm particularly eager to hear how the "Capitol Hill Day" goes, during which our 1,000+ attendees will go to their members of Congress, meet them in their offices, and personally ask them to enact policy that will help our nation's poorest, most vulnerable people. While editing some of the documents related to Capitol Hill Day, I was really struck by this little paragraph:
When you go to Capitol Hill, do not be intimidated by the confusing building layouts or the heavy wooden doors. It is your constitutional right "to petition the government for a redress of grievances." More important, it is a biblical imperative to "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy" (Poverbs 31:8,9)I had a total Mr. Smith Goes to Washington moment after reading this! Indeed, it is our constitutional right and Christian duty to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves. So please pray for us at The Mobilization. We'll be doing a lot of work, but hopefully, God will be working as well!
Bonus: I get to interview some pretty rad people, including Martin Smith and Don Miller!