During the unveiling of a Christian federal budget proposal on Thursday, progressive evangelical Ron Sider agreed with lawmakers that the national debt is “a moral threat,” but reminded them that poverty is the measure by which God judges society.

While fixing the national budget is a moral priority, so is the treatment of those living in poverty in the Unites States and abroad, the Evangelicals for Social Action founder asserted.

“How we balance our national budget is first of all a moral question; that we must do so is clear. But the Bible says God measures societies by what they do to the people on the bottom,” Sider stated.

Sider is among a large group of Christians advising Congress to be mindful of programs combating disease and hunger as it makes its cuts to reduce the federal debt. They launched a petition this week calling for fiscal frugality and compassion for the poor.

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