2008 Election

Jim Wallis 09-29-2011
Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis

Here we go again. Presidential elections are coming and the role of "the evangelicals" is predictably becoming a hot political story.

Ironically, voices on both the right and the left want to describe most or all evangelicals as zealous members of the ultra-conservative political base.

Why? Perhaps because some conservative Republicans want to claim a religious legitimacy and constituency for their ideological agenda, and some liberal writers seem hell-bent on portraying religious people as intellectually-flawed right-wing crazies with dangerous plans for the country.

Let me try to be clear as someone who is part of a faith community that is, once again, being misrepresented, manipulated, and maligned. Most people believe me to be a progressive political voice in America. And I am an evangelical Christian.

I believe in one God, the centrality and Lordship of God's son Jesus Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit, the authority of the scriptures, the saving death of the crucified Christ and his bodily resurrection -- not as a metaphor but a historical event. Yep, the whole nine yards.

Please God, save us from hyper-partisanship and hyper-media in perpetual election mode selling us a hyperbolic public discourse.
Chuck Warnock 05-28-2009
The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Barack Obama has electrified the Latino community in America.
Jim Wallis 01-27-2009
Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, graced the front pages of many newspapers across the country last Friday.
Leaving O'Hare airport on the afternoon of election day, I was somewhere near Greenland on a flight to Europe when the captain announced the results.
A curious thing has happened as Americans were choosing their first black president. Democracy suddenly ceased to be a bad word for many genuine democrats in the Middle East.
Mary Nelson 11-11-2008
As a volunteer in the Obama campaign, I was constantly amazed at my fellow volunteers of all ages, races, and economic groups.
Richard Rohr 11-11-2008
Dear President-elect Obama,
Rachel Anderson 11-11-2008
Last September, Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University became a source of inspiration for many Americans.
I believe in prayer. I believe in the power of prayer.
Elizabeth Edwards 11-10-2008
Dear President-elect Obama,
Jim Wallis 11-10-2008
Having talked to many friends since the election, I am conscious of how lots of us are still trying to let what happened sink in.
Jim Wallis 11-07-2008
Dear President-elect Obama,
Bono 11-07-2008
Mr. President, Barack,

Every room I have ever been in with you was a much easier room for your presence.

Dear President-elect Obama,

You are a leader not just because of what you have done, but because of who you are. Tend to your soul.

Seth Naicker 11-07-2008
It has been reported that President-elect Barack Obama's coming into leading the U.S. is in many ways similar -- and equal in magnitude -- to Nelson Mandela becoming president of South Africa.