In a profile of Mike Gerson, an evangelical Christian and chief speechwriter for President Bush, Karl Rove summarized Gerson’s contributions thusly: “You can count on Mike to ask how a given policy will affect the least among us,” Rove said in an interview. “The shorthand, political way to say it is that Mike is the one always wondering how we can achieve liberal goals with conservative means.”

Of course this the “political way” to get at it, but Rove’s expression points to how an authentically Christian view of politics must transcend partisan agendas and political ideology.

This excellently written profile goes on to describe the backgrounds of Gerson’s life, including an interest in Catholic Social Thought:

“Catholics have long believed that the state has a role to play in alleviating poverty, but that this is not necessarily a role it plays directly,” says Catholic scholar Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. “What has happened in the U.S. is that Protestants have embraced this — first with school vouchers, and later with prison outreach, poverty, and other issues. It’s a growing alliance between Protestants and Catholics to help the less fortunate, and Mike Gerson is at the intersection of these two traditions coming together.”


  • http://tomgrey.motime.com Tom Grey – Liberty Dad

    The BIGGEST improvement in the lives of poor people will come when “aid givers” realize what the poor need the most to reduce their poverty.

    A job.

    Every aid giver should be explicitly oriented at helping poor people get jobs; including micro-loans to start their own businesses, and bigger loans to expand a business already there.

    Jobs building housing would prolly be a good focus — too bad Habitat for Humanity can’t quite generate enough revenue to hugely explode production.

    I hope the 5 talents org can.

  • http://www.eternaltruth.net ed cook

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    Any wise man tests before he talks”. I appeal to your faith in the Bible knowing God has long known of our crisis today and inspired ancient prophets to record spiritual solutions for these very problems. Please go to eternaltruth.net/bpo911.html Paul Gregersen phone 208-251-3519