Edward V. Hill,pastor, Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Los Angeles

We need congressmen to return to their district jobs and fulfill their campaign promises. They campaigned on platforms that addressed themselves to bread-and-butter issues such as more employment, better housing, and curbing crime. After getting into office, in recent years, they have become preoccupied with international policies and White House behavior at the expense of their local district needs. An example is a congressman in my area, which has 31 per cent unemployment: weekly he speaks only of national policies.

Steve Monsma,state representative, 93rd District, Michigan House of Representatives

A Christian approach to economic problems will seek to pursue justice—to give all persons and groups in society their due. This is in contrast to the normal approach I have observed time and again of seeking what is good for one’s own self or groups regardless of the effects on others.

We must also move in the direction of either greater freedom and competitiveness in the economic marketplace, breaking up both big business and big labor, or greater government regulation aimed at controlling big business and big labor for the greater good of society. Now we have socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor. The rich and powerful—whether one is thinking of the wealthy individual with his tax loopholes, Lockheed with its guaranteed loans, or longshoremen with their union fighting against more efficient handling of cargo—are protected from the cold world of uncertainty and financial reverses; the poor and powerless are left to take their chances in a world over which they can exert little influence. In such a situation Christian concepts of justice and of ...

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