As Christian pastor and activist Jim Wallis has said, "God is not a Republican or a Democrat. God is not partisan. God is not ideologically committed to our Left or Right. God's politics challenges all of our politics. It includes the people our politics regularly leave out; the poor and the vulnerable. That's God's politics."
In this month’s Sojourner magazine, its editor, Jim Wallis, wrote of the unfinished agenda of racism. He wrote, “This historically horrendous evil existed because we tolerated it. That’s why evil always continues to exist: because we tolerate it.”
Jim Wallis’ Rediscovering Values - On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street, A Moral Compass for the New Economy: This book should come with a warning: It will upset you if you’re a fiscal conservative, but, if you are, you might want to give yourself this challenge. Wallis is as close to a ‘Dorothy Day’ as our generation has.
I once interviewed a writer from the US, Jim Wallis, author of the 2005 book, God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It, who told me a little story. When he was studying at the seminary, he and fellow students took an old bible and they cut out of it every verse that referred to how one should treat the poor, the widow, the orphan, the vulnerable. In the end, he said, they had a bible that looked like lace and a pile of confetti on the floor – clear evidence of the importance of these issues in Judaeo-Christian faith.
Let’s go further. Jim Wallis started Sojourners with a hole-y Bible, a Bible with all the verses about “the poor, wealth and poverty, and social justice” all cut out. As a result, he’s been shunned, shouted at by Glenn Beck and almost thrown out of the seminary where he started. All for just telling people what the Bible says.