Sending you wishes for a very merry Christmas. Thank you for all your advocacy, prayers and dedication to making a better world possible. This year has proven to be a challenging one for public policy advocacy. As we are aware, the decision making deadlock in the halls of Congress and the White House has resulted in disappointment and frustration for those engaged in justice advocacy.
A recent Gallup Poll indicates that the 7% approval rating of Congress is at its lowest point in history, coupled with the 38-43% rating for President Obama. The poor economy worldwide is certainly one of the factors at play; however other key issues such as jobs, the federal budget deficit, and the failure of the “super-committee” to reach agreement on deficit reduction contribute to the lack of confidence in our public officials among the American people.
In spite of this discouraging landscape, people faith must continue set our sights toward justice. We cannot weaken our resolve especially as the year turns into an election time that promises to be filled with hotly contested debates. As Christians, let’s keep in mind the HOPE that the resurrected Jesus represents.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had. (Romans 15:4-5)
We are called to be a BOLD PUBLIC VOICE setting our sights toward the common good where the marginalized must not be forgotten. Thank you for your relentless commitment to be that voice. We look forward to continuing our efforts in partnership with you in 2012 – take courage in knowing that with God nothing is impossible.
Blessings and Warm Wishes,
Rev. Linda Jaramillo & all the Staff of Justice and Witness Ministries