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The New York Times in a recent discussion asked several commentators, including Jim Walls, Michael Novak and others: Which politicians espouse policies that align with Christianity, and how so? Here are some of their responses.
Two evangelical heavyweights went toe-to-toe in a theological debate Thursday evening, presenting both sides of the question as to whether social justice is an essential part of the mission of the church. Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, took the “yes” position, while Dr. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, took the “no” viewpoint.
Lisa Sharon Harper, director of mobilizing for Sojourners and author of Left, Right & Christ told The Christian Post in a July interview that Jesus would defy political lines to help the vulnerable. She also believes those who espouse Jesus as their political hero should also support entitlement programs that distribute food to the poor and ensure health care for those who cannot afford it.
Tooley aims his argument at leaders such as Sojourners’ Jim Wallis, who Tooley said “has lavished praise during a visit to the occupiers.”
Revered Jim Wallis of Sojourners wrote an article on Huffington Post last week expressing his support for the protesters. Admitting that he does not know everything about the protesters and that some of them might not share his Christian views, he drew on the similarities between what he knew of the their goals and the goals of Christians who wish to enact social change through the teachings of Jesus.
Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners, urged religion reporters to stop stereotyping evangelicals in an op-ed for The Huffington Post. A group of activists and bloggers responded with an open letter to Wallis claiming that his charge is “unfair and unsubstantiated.”
Harper, Director of Mobilizing at Sojourners, and Innes, Associate Professor of Politics at The King's College, offer mostly different responses, but do agree that these are the type of conversations Christians should be having if they already are not.
In the book, Harper, who works for Sojourners, a progressive Christian journal, presents the main liberal argument. Innes, a political science professor at The King’s College, offers a more conservative approach. The joint work is aimed at helping Christians see ways in which Scripture can interact with today's culture and political landscape.
Popular Christian leader Jim Wallis has joined the “Occupy Wall Street” movement Friday. Wallis, the CEO and President of Sojourners, a progressive Christian commentary, offered the perspective that “Occupy Wall Street” protestors are standing with Jesus.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Wallis, CEO of Sojourners, asserted that the Christian anti-poverty coalition, Circle of Protection, which he is a member of, has been misrepresented by another Christian group, Christians for a Sustainable Economy (CASE), as endorsing a “blanket defense” of government programs for the poor and not considering the national debt as a moral issue.