The economy and the political agitation around the national debt has forced all Americans to make decisions. Who is paying attention to the moral consequences of those decisions?
If a state legislature votes to stop paying for certain kinds of hospital care and as a consequence respirators are turned off and a number of people die, are the lawmakers who voted that budget cut guilty of murder in God's eyes?
If I hire a man at $12 an hour and I know that in my community full-time employment at $12 an hour will not pay the rent on the least expensive apartment available and as a consequence the man sleeps in his car (which is old and in ill repair), leaves the windows rolled up because it is cold outside and dies from carbon monoxide poisoning, am I guilty of murder in God's eyes?
If the national Congress votes to cut funding for emergency food programs and as a consequence 10,000 babies die from malnutrition over the next year or two, are the politicians who voted for that budget cut guilty of murder in God's eyes? What if I voted for one of those legislators because he promised to keep my taxes down, do I share in that guilt?
Or does God give a free pass for anything that is necessary to balance the budget? Does God not require any moral accounting of the decisions that are necessary to protect the savings that I have, or keep taxes down or encourage job creation in our country and keep the economy going?
Maybe you are not troubled by these questions. Does God think about them? People of faith have always taught that He expects us to think about moral consequences. Is that an idea that we are now free to discard?