The Common Good

Leading Evangelicals Urge Unity Not Division on 9/11

Speakers at the press conference Friday called upon Christians to pave the way for unity and peace by being good neighbors to the Muslim community instead of using faith to fuel the controversies. The event was co-sponsored by the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), the largest network of evangelicals worldwide, and Sojourners, an evangelical publication by the Christian social justice organization of the same name.

Sojourners president, the Rev. Jim Wallis, said, “Ten years ago the terrorists offered us a stark view of the world they would create, where the remedy to every human grievance and injustice is violence and oppression.” According to Wallis, it is imperative that America be a safe place for all citizens regardless of race, ethnicity, or religion.

He stated that when Christians protect and respect those who share ethnic origins or religion with the al-Qaida suicide bombers “we model for the world the best America has to offer.” “A lot of people are used to seeing bad religion,” added Wallis. “But the answer to bad religion is not to have no religion or exclude religion entirely, as some have done, but to practice and preach better religion.”