Saturday, February 05, 2005
God is not a Republican or a Democrat
As a follow up to my earlier post about influential evangelicals, and how some have co-opted the "moral values" debate, I wanted to post a quote from Jim Wallis' new book God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It.

"We contend today with both religious and secular fundamentalists, neither of whom must have their way. One group would impose the doctrines of a political theocracy on their fellow citizens, while the other would deprive the public square of needed moral and spiritual values often shaped by faith. In a political and media culture that squeezes everything into only two options of left and right, religious people must refuse the ideological categorization and actually build bridges between people of goodwill in both liberal and conservative camps. We must insist on the deep connections between spirituality and politics while defending the proper boundaries between church and state that protect religious and nonreligious minorities and keep us all safe from state-controlled religion. We can demonstrate our commitment to pluralistic democracy and support the rightful separation of church and state without segregating moral and spiritual values from our political life."

To which I can only reply, "Hear, hear!" It's refreshing to hear someone point out that Christians can still have an active voice in politics without attempting to turn America into a "Christian nation".
 
posted by Mike Clawson at 11:14 AM | Permalink |


3 Comments:


At 2/08/2005 07:50:00 AM, Blogger imatt!

i'm working my way through god's politics as well. did you happen to catch wallis on the daily show the other week? if not, i posted a link to it on my blog.

 

At 2/08/2005 09:47:00 AM, Blogger Mike Clawson

Yeah, I saw Wallis on the Daily Show. He was great! We need more Christians like him speaking up on the mainstream media. (Instead of the other kind...)

I'm actually leaving right now to go hear Wallis speak at Wheaton College. :)

 

At 2/08/2005 01:01:00 PM, Blogger imatt!

consider me officially jealous. i checked his speaking schedule, but he's not coming anywhere near GA.

 

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