The Common Good

The Faithful Filibuster

With all eyes on Capitol Hill and the debate over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling, a group of religious leaders and allies stood up to ensure that the moral voice of Americans of faith was not forgotten. Speaking out in defense of social welfare and anti-poverty programs, the leaders undertook a “Faithful Filibuster,” praying and reading the more than 2,000 verses of Biblical scripture related to poverty for a week. This week, Welton is joined by the Rev. Jim Wallis, one of the leaders behind the filibuster, to talk about the response of some religious Americans to the shutdown and the state of evangelical Christianity in America. The Rev. Wallis is the president of Sojourners and the author of many books, most recently On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good.