The Common Good

Politics can benefit from religion, author says

Source: Daily Camera
Date: May 3, 2013

In a time of major political discourse, Jim Wallis went back to a well-known Biblical concept and ran with it: Love your neighbor as yourself.

Wallis, who has worked as a social activist and has a place in politics as a spiritual voice to politicians, including President Obama, asks readers of his new book to stop focusing so much on the binary worlds of Democrat vs. Republican, Christian vs. non-Christian. Instead, he contends, we need to focus on ways to see people as neighbors who work together to truly help the people in society who need it most.

"Our life can be better together," he said in an interview with the Daily Camera.

Wallis, a public theologian and editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine, will visit Boulder at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl St. in Boulder, to talk about his book, "On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good."

Wallis, who is renowned for speaking out publicly on political issues such as gun control and immigration, decided to step back from speaking engagements just as the 2012 presidential election was coming to a boil. Instead, he took a sabbatical to write a book about the common good.