Saturday, June 23, 2012

God’s Politics

Why the Right Gets it Wrong
  And the Left Doesn’t Get It
Common sense may be making a comeback. Listen to this:  “God is not a Republican…or a Democrat. Since when did believing in God and having moral values make you pro-war, pro-rich, and solely pro-Republican?  And since when did promoting and pursuing a progressive social agenda with a concern for economic security, health care, and educational opportunity mean you had to put your faith in God aside?”

 And that’s just the beginning.

 This compelling, enlightening and blatantly revealing tome by Jim Wallis should be on every required reading list. He lays out the facts and stats and calls to task every public leader who’s thrown aside the common good or, worse, misused Scripture to further goals of power and greed.

Wallis proves without prelude how wars, terrorism and domestic strife are the direct result of poverty.  People who enjoy basic rights and a chance to earn a living wage create a healthy, thriving environment. Where human rights and opportunities for honest labor are deliberately tossed aside, wars and terrorism can be waged to profit a powerful few.

This book had a profound effect on me mostly because I’d read two others first: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, by John Perkins, and War is a Racket, by Brig. Gen. Smedley D. Butler. Having been thoroughly introduced to the dark underbelly of the world’s workings,  I understood very well the urgent need to eradicate the causes of poverty – and who we have to fight to do it.

Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis is described as a public theologian, nationally renowned preacher, faith-based activist, author of seven books, and the founder of Sojourners, a nationwide network of progressive Christians working for justice and peace. In this capacity, he has become a familiar figure to political leaders the world over.

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