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On May, 8, just one day before the Senate began their first markup of a bipartisan immigration reform bill, the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) launched "Pray for Reform: 92 Days of Prayer and Action to Pass Immigration Reform."
The evangelical "Pray for Reform: 92 Days of Prayer and Action to Pass Immigration Reform" campaign called on Congress in a press call on Wednesday to pass meaningful legislation in the next 92 days, throwing further support behind the current momentum in Congress to finally pass a immigration reform bill.
With a title culled in part from one of his favorite lines from Abraham Lincoln, Jim Wallis' latest book, On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving The Common Good, delves into a discussion on how different communities in America's increasingly pluralistic society can work together to improve public life for the common good.
"As evangelicals, we don't believe there are second class images of God, and therefore we don't believe in a second class status for people who are willing to follow and earned path for citizenship," the Rev. Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, said on a press call announcing the statement.
The Rev. Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners, a Christian social justice group, commented, "President Obama made clear how high a priority immigration reform is for him and the White House and that the involvement of the faith community will be an integral part of ensuring it passes."
The Evangelical Immigration Table has launched the "I was a stranger" prayer challenge to encourage Christians to spend 40 days reflecting on scripture passages dealing with immigration and pray about what they read. Read more at
During a segment of the "The Jesus Agenda," Edwards interviewed Jim Wallis, founder and editor of Sojourners magazine. He stated that the focal point of Jesus' teaching was to care for the poor and disadvantaged.
Business owners, law enforcement officials and evangelicals attending this week's National Immigration Forum in Washington, D.C., converged Tuesday to call out the "small minority" of the Republican Party that is halting immigration reform and urged for bipartisan effort to pass reform. The country is hungry to see our political leaders work together," urged Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis.
In a Tuesday conference call with reporters to introduce the letter, Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, said the Bible supports the view that the government should care for the poor. "The biblical view of government, right out of Romans 13, says that government is responsible for protecting the common good and the poor. There is a role for government, biblically. So those who say, 'there is no role for government,' that's not a biblical position. It's a political one, but not a biblical one," Wallis stated.
According to Lisa Sharon Harper, the poverty rate for women in 2010 was 14.5 percent, compared to 11.2 percent for men. "Poverty effects everybody: women in two-parent homes, single women, and single mothers. Elderly women are also more likely than elderly men to be poor," Harper stated, adding that such figures made poverty the "number one issue." Equality is another important issue. "Every contact point in our election decision-making, we should be thinking about poverty and inequality in our country and around the world," Harper said. "That's the women's issue of our time."