Jim Wallis is one such figure — a person who can honestly wear the mantel of Prophet in our midst. He’s the one who created the Sojourners movement, now based in Washington, D.C. Its motto says a lot: “Faith in Action for Social Justice.”
One doesn’t have to be Protestant, Catholic or even Christian to resonate to Wallis’ words. He regularly takes our politicians and high-rolling investors to task for their failure to place the common good above their petty privileges and personal desires. He is the author, you may recall, of the 2005 book with the intriguing title God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It. In my view, this book and his work among the poor in the inner cities have given him enormous credibility!
Recently, despite a personal body-blow of cancer surgery, the Rev. Wallis has been on tour promoting his latest book, On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About Serving the Common Good. It delivers a fascinating message, namely that “the common good” was essentially Jesus’ agenda — his principal reason for living among us 2,000 years ago.