The Common Good

Rev. Jim Wallis statement on Randall Terry

Source: Sojourners
Date: October 27, 2009


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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WASHINGTON, DC - Reverend Jim Wallis, President and founder of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the nation, today released the following statement raising grave concerns about Randall Terry's (Operation Rescue founder) "Burn in Hell” contest including the declaration that fellow Americans will "burn in hell.”

Wallis' statement:

"Such an offensive stunt that fans the flames of division and hate is not in accordance with the Scriptures that tell us to love kindness and walk humbly with our God. We are experiencing a moment in our history of great debate about the direction of our nation. People of faith must be about the business of creating safe public space that supports a moral and civil dialogue and seeks to bring us together to find common ground or at least to model a more civil tone when we disagree with one another. Driving anger, fueling hate, and even encouraging a spirit of violence by burning effigies of photographs of political leaders on YouTube is simply not in keeping with the spirit of Christ much less declaring fellow Americans will "burn in hell." This simply lacks the compassion and humility that Christians ought to be noted for and is not the best way to sharing the love of Christ, that we, as believers, are called to embody."

Background on Terry's offensive actions and statements:


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Jim Wallis is the founder and president of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States focused on the biblical call to social justice. Wallis is also author of the New York Times bestseller God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It. His latest New York Times bestseller is The Great Awakening: Seven Ways To Change The World, Reviving Faith & Politics.

Wallis is a leading figure at the crossroads of religion and politics in America today serving as a public theologian, internationally renowned speaker and preacher, and faith-based activist.