Baptist Press Press Items
Evangelical Christian leaders, including a Southern Baptist, left a White House meeting with President Obama encouraged at the hope for immigration reform this year.
Among those signing onto the pledge to participate were Pierre Bynum, chaplain, Family Research Council; Janice Shaw Crouse, director, the Beverly LaHaye Institute at Concerned Women for America; Richard Cizik, president, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good; Jim Wallis, chief executive officer, Sojourners, and Liz McCloskey, president, Faith & Politics Institute.
Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land and other evangelical Christian leaders have called on President Obama and congressional leaders to act quickly next year in an effort to reform the country's immigration laws.
Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, joined nine other leaders of the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) in asking Obama and the leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives Tuesday (Nov. 13) to meet with them in early 2013 to discuss a bipartisan solution to the controversial issue.
Sojourners President Jim Wallis, known for his left-leaning politics, pointed to the agreement between his organization and more conservative groups such as the SBC, Focus on the Family and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). "That doesn't happen very often," Wallis told reporters. "An effort for immigration reform of this size and this diverse has never been attempted in the evangelical community."
Richard Land and Jim Wallis don't see eye to eye on a variety of issues, but they do agree on the potential nature of this year's election campaign: It could get really ugly.
Jim Wallis, CEO of Sojourners, and Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, met at the National Press Club to address the issues that should concern America's next president and the voters who will elect him. Although they had differing opinions about numerous subjects, Land and Wallis both hoped to demonstrate respect for each other by engaging in courteous conversation without attacking character.
Evangelical leaders Jim Wallis and R. Albert Mohler Jr., in a debate over the church's role in social justice, agreed that Christians have a duty to care for the poor but disagreed whether that task is part of the Gospel itself.
Muslim Americans must solve the problem of Islamist radicalization in the United States, a U.S. House of Representatives committee was told March 10 in a hearing decried by some as un-American.
Some evangelicals -- such as Florida pastor Joel Hunter, Mercer University ethics professor David Gushee and Sojourners President Jim Wallis -- issued endorsements on the day the bill was approved.
Among the other seven signers were Nathan Diament, director of public policy for the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America; Douglas Kmiec, professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law; Melissa Rogers, director of the Center for Religion and Public Affairs at Wake Forest University Divinity School, and Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners.