Jim Wallis – The Disappearance of the Compassionate Conservatives

I would never have been mistaken as a political supporter of President George W. Bush. But in his early days as president, I was invited to have conversations with him and his team about faith-based initiatives aimed at overcoming poverty, shoring up international aid and development for the most vulnerable, and supporting critical agendas such as international adoptions of marginalized children and the broken domestic foster care system.

My invitations to the Bush White House ended when I strongly and publicly opposed the Iraq War. But I continued to support the administration’s efforts to combat poverty and disease, especially Bush’s leadership in combating HIV/AIDs, malaria, and massive hunger in the poorest places in Africa. Continue reading “Jim Wallis – The Disappearance of the Compassionate Conservatives”

What Would Jesus Cut – On the ‘Evangelical’ Virtue od Selfishness

There is a hot debate these days in the S on budget cuts and national debt.

One has to be blind not to see that this not merely an economic matter, but also an ethical one, be it a complicate one.

A recent survey by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press reveals worrying results.  This is what a recent article in Christianity Today writes about it: Continue reading “What Would Jesus Cut – On the ‘Evangelical’ Virtue od Selfishness”

The Peace & Civility Pledge – A possible Suggestion for Romanian Evangelicals

The atmosphere in the Evangelical community in Romania is really tense, following the public ‘execution’ of Rev Josef Ton, for the simple reason that he declared he became a ‘charismatic Baptist’. Following this, the level of un-civility in the  virtual environment went to a historic low. Something needs t be done to bring public discourse at a minimal level of decency.

As you are well aware, this is nt the only place where such things happen. Even the ‘civilised’ America has witnessed, – with the rise of the ‘tea party movement’ – whose followers claim to be, in a large majority, conservative Christians – a degradation of public manners on the political scene, which culminated with the recent shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others around her. Reacting to this, Sejourners, the journal of Evangelicals for Social Justice, led by Rev Jim Wallis, took the initiatiave of suggesting a Peace & Civility Pledge. I present it here below, because I would like to suggest that such a pledge, if takes seriously, could save us from the mess we have presently in the Evangelical community in Romania. Continue reading “The Peace & Civility Pledge – A possible Suggestion for Romanian Evangelicals”

Jim Wallis – Principles for Financial Fesponsibility

Jim Wallis, leader of Evangelicals for Social Action,  suggests in a recent article in Sojourners three principles for financial responsibility, in the context of the present world economic crisis. And, although he has in mind especially the United States, these principles are universal and apply across the board in all cultures.

As the present bankruptcy of Greece proves, only the application of such rigurous rules could prevent a new, more serious crisis. Here are his suggestions: Continue reading “Jim Wallis – Principles for Financial Fesponsibility”

Jim Wallis and Glenn Beck Meet for Social Justice Dialogue

Jim Wallis                             Glenn Beck

On the eve of Good Friday, recognizing that sad and tragic events often dominate the headlines, airwaves, and even our own blog, a dose of the “best medicine” might help us all make it through to the joy of Easter.

With that in mind, here’s some surprising news: Though Jim Wallis is allegedly on vacation with his family this week, we were able to obtain footage of a top secret meeting between Jim and Fox News commentator Glenn Beck! Apparently, Beck finally accepted Jim’s offer to dialogue, and the two met in an undisclosed location. Continue reading “Jim Wallis and Glenn Beck Meet for Social Justice Dialogue”

A Million Christians for Social Justice

Sometimes, the timing of events seems almost providential.

For more than a year, Sojourners has been discussing and planning to launch a campaign called A Million Christians for Social Justice.

We have talked, dreamed, and prayed about the possibility and power of bringing together, from across the life of the churches, the many voices that are calling for social justice. It’s many of us now: Evangelicals and Mainline Protestants, Catholics and Pentecostals, Black, Hispanic, and Asian-American churches — focusing our personal faith on the most urgent public issues our world is now facing. Continue reading “A Million Christians for Social Justice”

Obama’s Call for Civility Amid Prayer Breakfast Controversy

President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning, with a plea for civility in our political discourse.  Noting how Americans come together in times of danger or tragedy, he spoke specifically about the response to the recent earthquake in Haiti.  Then he went on to note that such a spirit seems lacking when dealing with other long-term issues: Continue reading “Obama’s Call for Civility Amid Prayer Breakfast Controversy”

Martin Marty – Jim Wallis on Values and Morals

In 1957, young Harvard-bred historian Timothy Smith, of the Church of the Nazarene, knocked a lot of us budding ordinary historians – secular, “mainstream,” and whatnot – off our library stools with his book Revivalism and Social Reform. We had been trained to look for the roots of American social Christianity in the liberal Protestant Social Gospel (post-1907) and progressive Catholicism (post-1919).  Smith back-dated such movements by a half-century, to revivals around 1857, which, he argued, added concern for morality and ethics in the social order to the private-and-personal moral agenda of older evangelicalism.  Having fought against dueling, profanity, Sunday mails, et cetera, these revivalists found new ways to address slavery, poverty, and inequality.  Imperfect, they did chart a course. Continue reading “Martin Marty – Jim Wallis on Values and Morals”

Rediscovering Values – a new book by Jim Wallis

Here are a few reviews:

” Jim Wallis argues persuasively that the financial crisis is also a moral crisis. A vivid storyteller and prophetic voice, he shows how the worship of markets has led us astray — and how repairing the economy requires a moral awakening and a new commitment to the common good. This wise and hopeful book points us toward a new economy and a more spiritually satisfying public life.” — Michael J. Sandel, professor of government at Harvard University and New York Times bestselling author of Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? Continue reading “Rediscovering Values – a new book by Jim Wallis”

Jim Wallis – We Needed a New Approach in Afghanistan. And This Isn’t It

Jim Wallis argues disapprovingly in Sojourners about the recent decision made by President Obama to increase the number of the American troops in Afghanistan. He writes:

The decision by President Obama to send additional troops to Afghanistan saddens me. I believe it is a mistake, it is the wrong direction for U.S. foreign policy, and it is disappointing to many of us in the faith community and our friends who spearhead the on-the-ground development efforts in Afghanistan and around the world.

Continue reading “Jim Wallis – We Needed a New Approach in Afghanistan. And This Isn’t It”

Dallas Justice Revival

World Vision US joined Sojourners in organising the Dallas Justice Revival event. on 10-12 November, in Dallas Market Hall.

Jaci Velasquez, Salvador, Zan Holmes, Fred Hammond, Sam Rodriguez, Israel Houghton, & Jim Wallis will be involved in this event.


Jim Wallis – Words Matter

President Barack Obama delivered his first speech to the United Nations yesterday, speaking at the opening session of the General Assembly in New York.

He began by listing the policies of the U.S. government he has pursued in nine short months that are different from the past. These include Continue reading “Jim Wallis – Words Matter”