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    I can recall, many years ago, attending grade school fund raising events that featured secret bags containing stuff on which people bid – the contents were unknown, so the bidders had no idea what they were buying. The key assumption was there would be good stuff in the bags because they were made by good people. Trust me. However, in order to find out what was in the bag, you had to buy it.
    The Illinois Corn Growers Association and the Illinois Soybean Association, organizations I belong to, have spent a lot of time and farmers’ money encouraging similar behavior on secret legislation recently passed by the U.S. Congress. The legislation is the Trans Pacific Partnership, a formal treaty between the United States and a smorgasbord of other countries, including Brunei, New Zealand and Peru. For the general public to find out what is in the legislation, Congress needed to pass it (or buy the bag, as in school fund raising times). The Illinois Corn Growers Association has pointed fingers at congressmen opposing the legislation as “Democrats and some far-right Republicans.” What about people, of any party, who prefer to know what they are supporting?

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“Jesus did not simply die to save us from our sins; Jesus lived to save us from our sins. His life and teaching show us the way to liberation.” (Rachel Held Evans, Inspired, p. 155)