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This is not about the right candidate; this is about how evangelicals frame their relationship to politics. And one of the best pieces to read on this topic is Geoffrey C. Bowden’s “The Evangelical-Anabaptist Spectrum,” an essay in the fine book The Activist Impulse: Essays on the Intersection of Evangelicalism and Anabaptism. What Bowden does is sketch the spectrum from Francis Schaeffer to John Howard Yoder and, at the same time, show Jim Wallis began more like Yoder and is today more like Schaeffer. Yikes, that’s quite the thesis.
Francis Schaeffer played an important role in my own thinking. As a college student he taught me to think critically about current, inadequate conditions in the church. I read everything he wrote until he wrote No Little People, and after that I bought a book or two — including A Christian Manifesto — but did not read much of him any longer.
In November, Richard Land of The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and Jim Wallis of Sojourners did a series of interviews speculating together about what issues would be prioritized in the evangelical world — immigration, the economy, care for creation, energy independence, world hunger, gay rights and abortion made their list. Evangelicals will have a lot on their plate this year.
On my desk is Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery by Jim Wallis, published by Howard Books, 2011, 263 pages, $14.99. Founder of the Sojourners community and social activist Jim Wallis has produced a book that seeks to answer these two questions: What caused the economic recession in America, and how will it change us?
There is no more room or time for excuses. The war in Afghanistan — now the longest war in American history — no longer has any justification, and I am calling upon Christians, along with other people of good, moral sense, to lead the effort to finally end this war and bring our troops home
Threats of a government shutdown are behind us, but the national budget debate continues. As legislators fight over what and how much and where to cut, Christian activists, including Mennonites, are advocating to preserve the lives, dignity and human rights of the poor.
Wallis writes in <I>God's Politics</I>: "In a political and media culture that squeezes everything into only two options of left and right, religious people must refuse the ideological categorization and actually build bridges between people of good will in both liberal and conservative camps."
In Jim Wallis’ estimation, a worthy measure of evangelical fervor, leavened with the savors of truth, honesty and nonviolence, would make all the difference for this country’s political scene.
One of the mountains Wallis would like to move - in addition to the peaks of war and poverty - is the conservative Republican hold on some Americans’ concept of Christianity.
The need for policies that would lower the abortion rate is one that prolife Christians should urge lawmakers from both parties to work much harder on. Some progressive evangelicals are already doing this. One is Jim Wallis, founder of Call to Renewal, a group that promotes Christian values of peace and justice in politics and that seeks to bridge the gap between Christians on the left and right.
The letter is based in part on a recent <i>New York Times</i> advertisement taken out by the evangelical magazine <i>Sojourners</i> and its Call to Renewal ministry. The advertisement encourages voters to evaluate the presidential candidates based on several "religious issues." These include poverty, the environment, war and peace, truthfulness in government, human rights, responding to terrorism and the sanctity of life.