There are so many important posts circulating right now as the coronavirus spreads across America. This article came across my desk today and I found myself in tears as I read it. I’d suggest you click over to the Kairos website and read the entire article. My sense is that Jesus truly wants us to pay attention to this aspect of the crisis we are all facing. marty boller
The Coronavirus Crisis and the Crisis of Poverty:
A Message from Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
This is what we know: the virus will hurt the poor disproportionately, and then, because of poverty, it will hurt everyone more. People are told to stock up on food and prescription drugs but many cannot afford to. People without access to clean, safe water risk this virus compounding the other public health impacts of poisoned water, the lack of sanitation, and water shut-offs. People without stable housing have nowhere to self-quarantine and stay exposed to increased health risks. People without health insurance can’t go for treatment. People who are sick without access to paid sick time may have to still go to work. So many people are being forced to choose between the risk of getting and spreading the virus and losing their job, being unable to pay rent, and struggling to feed themselves and their kids. And why must they choose between these options?