The Common Good

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The moral case for reform as an alternative to an unacceptable status quo — a humanitarian crisis that is hurting untold numbers of people — has motivated many evangelicals to get involved in the push to fix the immigration system. And today, evangelical writer Jim Wallis makes that moral case by painting a vivid picture of the dilemma the country currently faces:
The government shutdown in October left little to make us proud. But three Republican senators—Susan Collins (Me.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)—were an exception to the rule. The framework begun by the three women is credited with helping to form the Senate deal that finally ended the 16-day shutdown. All of which makes us wonder: What might happen if women, and their tendency toward more collaborative leadership, held more seats in Congress?
Back on the Mall, the four original fasters ended their protest after 22 days. They were replaced by eight other people who continued the fast. They include Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., Bernice King, a pastor and the daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and about a dozen Democratic members of Congress have come by to offer support.
Medina's fast will also be continued by Rev. Jim Wallis, of Sojourners.
This Advent Season the fast started by immigrants will be offered to the nation, with thousands joining from all over the nation. A group of faith leaders, including Rev. Jim Wallis and myself, will continue the fast. Many faith leaders and pastors will be coming to join us in the tent across from the Capitol to fast and pray. Each day, groups of us will fast and pray in the Capitol Hill tent, welcoming visitors and fellow-fasters who wish to join us. So please join us wherever you are this Advent Season in prayer and fasting. Pray for a vote on immigration reform. Pray for 11 million people and their families. Pray for a miracle. Prayer and righteous action work.
This group spans the gamut from Dr. Martin Luther King’s denomination- the Progressive National Baptist Convention- to the evangelical group Sojourners, to the Islamic Society of North America, to mainline Christian denominations like the Methodists and Presbyterians to the Reform and Conservative Jewish Movement.
We helped launch the Evangelical Immigration Table and met with many members of Congress and their staff for months and prayed asking God for continued guidance and wisdom for members of Congress through our #Pray4Reform effort at After distributing 120,000 bookmarks as part of our “I Was A Stranger” challenge, placing billboards and airing radio ads in Florida and Texas, among other states, we felt that we were at a moment when our voices were making a concerted difference.
The Rev. Jim Wallis is a man of the left — perhaps the defining figure of the evangelical left. So it is not surprising that I should find some of the policy views expressed in his new book, “On God’s Side,” badly mistaken. But this does not prevent Wallis from being resoundingly right in his central premise: that American politics would be elevated by a renewed commitment to the common good.
Some longtime members left, but new members joined the congregation, including Jim Wallis, a well-known evangelical author and activist, and Burns Strider, a faith adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton during her presidential campaign.
Pennsylvania, Georgia and Virginia have long been bastions of gun-rights supporters, with vast rural areas and strong hunting traditions. But in recent days, lawmakers from those states have demonstrated a new willingness to back stricter firearms regulations, setting the stage for what could be the first major gun-control legislation to pass Congress in two decades.