The Common Good

Christianity Today

Christianity Today Press Items
Jim Wallis, who recently talked with House Democrats about how to dispel their secular image, is experiencing a sudden popularity in the Democratic Party. But it's not because the party's pro-abortion, secular stance has given them a "winning message." Wallis says, "The Democratic Party has increasingly had a problem as being perceived as secular fundamentalists."
Sojourners head Jim Wallis says the crux of the matter isn't about the prison abuse. "Such abuse and atrocities are the consequence of war, and especially military occupation. They always have been, and they will continue to be," he says. "Here is the real issue: The Americans and the British do not belong in Iraq. The American-led occupation is leading to more suffering on all sides, and it will just get worse."
Rev. Jim Wallis, a self-described progressive evangelical, said neither blue states nor red states should try to claim a corner on the values market.
Jim Wallis told CT, "His personal faith is very real and sincere." But Wallis said that when the President declares that terrorists are "evil," he implies that Americans are good. "Now [terrorists] are evil, but to say that we are good is very bad theology. [Bush] sees the mote in his adversary's eyes and not the mote in his own."
Artists like David Wilcox, Carrie Newcomer, and Over the Rhine are not shy about saying that Christ has touched their lives and transformed their music. These three musicians will perform this July at SojoFest 2001, a 30th anniversary celebration at Wheaton College of the Sojourners community and its magazine.
"We haven't seen this kind of bitter division in a long time," says Wallis, founder of Sojourners magazine. "Millions of Americans have lost confidence in the Supreme Court. Bush has a problem with legitimacy." Yet, like almost all evangelical leaders, left or right on the political spectrum, Wallis thinks that both Bush's and Gore's commitment to faith-based initiatives, character and prayer are threads that could stitch together the nation.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is praising Sojourners for passing its test. GLAAD sponsored an advertisement for the Ali Forney Center, a homeless shelter that aids lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) youth. The advertisement was, in part, a test of whether Sojourners would print an ad sponsored by a group like GLAAD.
Margaret Benefiel, writing on Sojourners's God's Politics blog, said there are "no easy answers" for the economy. "We will need to experiment. We will need to hear opposing perspectives, listening for the wisdom in other points of view," Benefiel said. "We will need to work together across party lines for the good of all, rejecting entrenched, knee-jerk responses. We will need to find a new way forward."
Sojourners president Jim Wallis said that the new figures raises the importance of poverty as both a religious and political issue.
Sojourners president Jim Wallis said the purpose of Occupy Wall Street is still developing, but he is interested in what he has seen so far. "People’s frustrations, hurts, and feelings of being betrayed by our nation’s politicians and economic leaders are clear. They want to be heard," Wallis said. "There is a lot of speculation as to who the ‘Occupiers’ are and what they might accomplish. There is much I still don’t know about the movement, but undeniably it has caught the imagination of a generation—and that matters."