The Common Good

Jim Wallis and Arthur Brooks Debate “Moral” Economy

"God doesn't mind prosperity as long as it is shared," said Jim Wallis, president of the liberal Christian activist group, Sojourners, while debating Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute. Wallis and Brooks debated each other at the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) conference in Indianapolis on October 13, 2011. Wallis argued that "reducing the deficit is a moral issue," and the government must protect "the safety nets of the poor" because "God doesn't judge nations by their GNP, by their military fire power, or how much their popular culture is the envy of the world. God says I will judge you by how you treat the most vulnerable in your midst." Wallis said the debate over the economy is not a "debate," but a "dialogue ... about an economy that has become unfair, unsustainable, unstable, and is making many people unhappy."