Values and Capitalism Press Items
5. The social justice movement and poverty
The social justice movement is gaining popularity among young Christians today. In his most recent encyclical, Pope Francis critiqued the free market and attacked income inequality. Jim Wallis of Sojourners once argued for an increased minimum wage because he says “God hates inequality.” How should Christian libertarians respond to the social justice movement and the left’s concerns about poverty and economic justice?
This disheartening reality is the topic of Jim Wallis's recent book, "On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good." His general thesis is an honorable one: He argues that rather than claiming God is on our own political or ideological side, we should make sure that we are on his side. This approach takes humility and thoughtful reflection, which are hard to come by in today's partisan political atmosphere.
Up next, RJ has the opportunity to chat with his friend Tim King, director of communications for the Sojourners organization in Washington, D.C. We invited Mr. King on to discuss the newly launched "Voting For Us" campaign that Jim Wallis and Sojourners is promoting in the hopes of involving more young religious Americans in the 2012 election.
Joining R.J. and Eric Teetsel on this week's episode is Tim King, director of communications for Jim Wallis's organization, Sojourners.
You are going to enjoy the conversation R.J. moderated between the free-market Teetsel and social-justice King. Topics discussed include: caricatures of the "Religious Right," how Sojourners views a place like AEI (and vice versa), and what common ground can be found among Christians who differ in their views on economic solutions to our nation's current troubles.
On November 9, Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute and Jim Wallis of Sojourners discussed the morality of capitalism and the economic systems they believe best help those in need. Peter Greer of HOPE International moderated the debate, which was hosted by Messiah College.