The Common Good

Will the 48 per cent please stand up?

Date: January 31, 2012


Evangelist and author Jim Wallis, in his book God's Politics, addresses the philosophical and political balance that is essential in moving a society forward. Says Wallis: “Protest should not be merely the politics of complaint. It should instead show the way for both personal and social transformation. That's what excites people and invites them to give their lives for something larger than themselves.

“The power of protest is not in its anger but its invitation. The test of protest is whether it points and opens the way to change or merely denounces what is. When protest is both instructive and constructive in a society, it becomes something that has to be dealt with and not just merely contained.”
Wallis further cements the point by writing: “In fact, those who protest should be making a promise. They are promising their society that a better way is indeed possible. They are saying that bigotries, the injustices, the indignities, the indifference, and the unnecessary violence we experience today will not have the last word. Instead, their protest reveals the things that can and must be changed for the good and health of the entire society and the world. We need people who pledge themselves, not just to object to what is wrong, but to help find and fashion an alternative. In other words, the best protest is not merely counter-cultural, it is transformational. It gives a society a better vision for itself and for the future.”