If you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.
Let’s talk about being “great again.” Many who cherish these scriptures have bought the notion that we are not great, that we used to be great and that we need to be great again.
Have we voted on a huge national spending program to assure that everyone has enough food and shelter, that all who live in our borders are welcome and safe, and that everyone has a good job paying a living wage?
Isn’t that what the prophet is telling us? Pour yourselves out for the hungry and the afflicted. Did you know that we have one of the highest child poverty rates in the modern world? Almost 25% of our children live in poverty, and right now 50% of all children in the US are delivered via Medicaid.
The mark of great people, and hence, a great nation, is its willingness to pour itself out for the hungry and the afflicted. It’s an easy test. We are failing.