The Common Good

Jim Wallis Calls for More than Just Rhetoric of Change

Source: Sojourners
Date: January 9, 2008

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Contact: Jason Gedeik, Sojourners, 202/745-4633, media@sojo.net

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Jim Wallis Calls for More than Just Rhetoric of Change

"New President Will Fail in Office without a Social Movement Pushing From Outside”

Jim Wallis, progressive evangelical leader and founder of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States, today issued commentary on the New Hampshire primary election results on his blog, God's Politics:

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Jim Wallis urges the media to dig deeper beyond the rhetoric of change: "Sometimes, politics becomes so broken that the hunger for change becomes overwhelming. But while the candidates will now battle to convince voters that each has the vision and the capacity to really bring change; it is absolutely clear that change has already won this election.

Jim Wallis on what change really needs: "And no matter which candidate finally wins this presidential election, he or she will not be able to really change the big things in America and the world that must be changed, unless and until there is a real movement pushing for those changes from outside of politics.”

Jim Wallis on the barriers and challenges to change: "Even a candidate who runs on change, really wants it, and goes to Washington to make it, will confront a vast array of powerful forces which will do everything possible to prevent real change. …It will take a new spiritual revival to finally make serious social change really possible; changing hearts and minds and forging a constituency who will demand nothing less than a new direction.”

Jim Wallis on how political leaders in the past have failed to produce change: "Political leaders in Washington have changed America less often than social movements have. America is signaling it is hungry for change again, and we will need to build the kind of spiritual and social movement that can deliver on that hope.”

Jim Wallis follows up his New York Times bestseller God's Politics with a call to action for people who want to address urgent problems that politics has failed to solve. The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America (HarperOne, January 22, 2008) heralds a new era for faith and politics. Access the full transcript of Jim Wallis' blog, God's Politics # #

Jim Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, preacher, and international commentator on religion and public life, faith and politics. His previous book, "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It” was on the New York Times bestseller list for 4 months. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Sojourners; where he is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine, whose combined print and electronic media have a readership of more than 250,000 people.

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, www.RedLetterChristians.org, and www.GodsPolitics.com. .