The Common Good Press Items
In his Huffington Post blog of 9/26/13, Jim Wallis writes, “Even my students at Georgetown were telling me that their young friends, Christians or not, were putting Francis quotes up on their Facebook pages.”
“Organizations from all sectors should collectively seek the well-being of their cities,” Jim Wallis
A few weeks ago, Jim Wallis, in his blog, reminded us of Rick Perry's assertion that the responsibility for the poor and the needy lies with churches. Yet, according to Perry's tax returns which showed he had total income of more than a million dollars, he gave less than $100 to his church!
Finally, religion-related organizations that advocate for what are known as “social justice” issues—hunger, poverty, peacemaking, for instance—make up a significant slice of the biggest spenders, and they include Bread for the World, World Vision and Sojourners. Such groups spend approximately $30 million in combined annual expenditures.
The federal government is on the verge of shutting down over conflicts about the budget deficit, and most of the discussion focuses on severely cutting health care and social services to those on low income. Similar debates are going on in the Washington State legislature. Hard decisions are having to be made. Does the Bible have anything relevant to say about making these kind of decisions?
Jim Wallis, author of Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street—A Moral Compass for the New Economy, has come up with a covenant for civility. He writes in The Huffington Post that a group of more than 130 former legislators, both Republican and Democrat, released a letter urging for civility and cooperation once elected.
Lux goes on to make a short comment about the Glenn Beck controversy, which is over for my readers in Tucson, but I include it because I don't intend to censor the article in any way. It's all good, so: "Glenn Beck and Jim Wallis got into this debate over the last few days, and because Jim actually knows something about the Bible, he easily won the debate. Beck's classic conspiracy-minded starting point -- that because both Nazis and Communists have used the phrase 'social justice', that any religion that uses the term must be bad too -- has a similar logic to saying that if a really bad teacher said two plus two equals four, because he or she was a bad teacher it must be false.
Immediately following Beck's tirade about social justice and communism, Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, a network of progressive Christians, challenged Beck to a debate of the issue, stating, "social and economic justice is at the heart of Jesus' message.
No surprisingly many "progressive" pastors did not take kindly to having their flock raided by Beck. They have a problem with Beck telling people social justice and Christianity are incompatible when in fact many believe the two concepts are perfectly aligned. Reverend Jim Wallis of a D.C.-based group called Sojourner has called for his followers to now boycott Beck.
Author Jim Wallis said, “Yesterday's Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance law will give a huge boost to the special interests that already exercise a stranglehold on our political system, allowing them to tighten their grip and further prevent any meaningful change. Dismissing the practice of the last century and overturning two major precedents, the Court ruled 5-4 that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as persons, and that those rights include spending corporate funds to influence elections.”