The Common Good
Raul Ruano Pavon /

How often could each of us just say — well it’s my right! or, It’s written clearly in the Bible — and choose to make rash decisions out of our own self-righteousness, or lazy theological reflection, rather than being centered in compassion like Joseph and being so bold to imagine that God’s spirit continues to move in mysterious ways?

We've sanitized and romanticized the manger scene. We’ve removed all the blood and sweat and tears and pain and goo. We’ve left out all the messy parts. The oh-my-God-what-now parts. The I’m-screaming-as-loud-as-I-can-because-it-really-hurts parts. The oh-no-I’ve-stepped-in-the-animal-droppings parts. The real parts.

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by Jim Wallis & Sandi Villarreal 

Failure to recognize the sins of power and domination that influence the acts of violence against half of God’s creatures is simply bad theology.

In spite of the best efforts of such public prophets, we remain bound to such a torturous future, because we continue to condone what we condemn. Such widespread hypocrisy is our most serious weapon of mass self-destruction.  

I strongly believe that to have any moral authority in the current crisis, we must first confess the Western policies and attitudes that have contributed to where we find ourselves today—and then repent of those policies and attitudes.

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