The Common Good

Glenn Beck says government uses churches; Rev. Wallis says God uses churches

Source: Sojourners
Date: May 20, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, May 20, 2010

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GLENN BECK SAYS GOVERNMENT USES CHURCHES;

REV. WALLIS SAYS GOD USES CHURCHES

WASHINGTON, DC – Rev. Jim Wallis – an evangelical leader, author of Rediscovering Values and president of Sojourners (the largest network of social justice Christians in the United States) – is responding to Glenn Beck’s claim that “churches are being used by progressives to help bring about the fundamental transformation of America.” Rev. Wallis responded in a statement today by saying, “It is actually the other way around – the faith community is pushing the government, rather than the government using us.”

Previously, Beck urged Christians to leave their churches if they heard the terms “social justice” or “economic justice” used by their pastors. Beck said that social justice is “code” for Marxism, Socialism, and Nazism. In response, Rev. Wallis invited Beck to dialogue about biblical social justice, an invitation that still stands. Now, Beck is tackling “environmental justice.”

Rev. Wallis said, “If caring for creation, addressing poverty, and fixing our broken immigration system are the “fundamental transformation” that you are talking about, then yes, churches are being used to help bring about fundamental transformation – but they are being used by God, not politics.”

“We don’t call that socialism,” Rev. Wallis said. “We call it stewardship of God’s creation.”

Link to Wallis’ full statement: http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/20/glenn-beck-attacks-churches-on-climate-change/

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Jim Wallis is the president and CEO of Sojourners, the largest network of social justice Christians in the United States. Wallis is also author of the New York Times bestsellers God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It and The Great Awakening: Seven Ways To Change The World, Reviving Faith & Politics. His latest book is Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street.

Sojourners' mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world. Visit www.sojo.net, and www.GodsPolitics.com.