The Common Good

What Makes Jim Wallis, Joe Scarborough, and Tavis Smiley Say "Amen"?

Date: October 19, 2011

But one courageous media figure has been ahead of the curve. Taking an in-depth look at the growing inequality gap in America, PBS host Tavis Smiley embarked on an ambitious 18-city bus tour with Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West to expose the scandal of nearly 50 million Americans now living in poverty. "The Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience" was the focus of five special episodes that aired last week on PBS, the last of which featured the Rev. Jim Wallis, CEO of Sojourners and tireless champion for the poor.

As people like Smiley, Wallis, and Scarborough continue to shine a light on the moral travesty of poverty in America and the obligation of Christians to remedy this injustice, they should also hold our political leaders accountable to the commandments of our faith. As Wallis says later in the interview (about 6:40 in), "Any candidate who says they're a Christian and are not dealing with [poverty,] are not really raising the true religious issue."