The Common Good

Letter: Fighting the idea of corporate citizenship

In the April issue of “Sojourners,” evangelical theologian Jim Wallis has written an essay called “A Gospel for the Common Good.”

In it, he writes that it is “... time to hear and heed a call to a different way of life, to reclaim a very old idea called the common good.”

This is an old call and one that every generation of Americans has always heard anew. The founders wrote a Constitution that has stood the test of time, because every generation fought for the “common good,” or what the Preamble of the Constitution calls the “general welfare,” which emphasized the centrality of people, and of the peoples’ sovereignty over the government.