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Some faith leaders are pushing back against famed evangelist Franklin Graham after he wrote a Facebook post addressed to “blacks, whites, Latinos, and everybody else,”
Bill O’Reilly clashed with the Rev. Jim Wallis on Thursday night over O’Reilly’s use of the term “holy war” to describe the West’s battle against the Islamic State.
It’s no secret that U2 frontman Bono is a Bible-believing Christian — but what some might not know is that the musician is friends with famed evangelist Billy Graham.
The faith leaders in attendance at the White House were Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Eusebio Elizondo, Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Seattle; Joel Hunter, senior pastor at Northland Church in Orlando, Fla.; Hyepin Im, CEO of Korean Churches for Community Development in Los Angeles; Mike McClenahan, senior pastor at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church in Solana Beach, Calif.; Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission in Nashville, Tenn.; Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of theNational Latino Evangelical Coalition and Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners.
The pointed effort, dubbed “Faithful Filibuster,” began at 2 p.m. ET at The United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C. Aimed at chastising the government for the shutdown, those involved said they were using the opportunity to let leaders know that there are necessary social programs that deserve federal funding.
Progressive faith leader Jim Wallis joined in on issuing commentary in the wake of the George Zimmerman acquittal. In a Huffington Post blog piece entitled, “Lament From a White Father,” he alleged that, had shooting victim Trayvon Martin been white, he would still be alive today. Wallis also pleaded with Caucasians — and parents, in particular — to “listen, to learn, and to speak out” about the tragic death.
Jim Wallis, a well-known, progressive faith leader, is no fan of the National Rifle Association (NRA). In fact, he’s an outspoken advocate for more gun control and, on Wednesday, he publicly joined other left-of-center faith leaders to push fervently for government intervention in cracking down on firearms. In an article published yesterday on his web site, Sojourners, Wallis continued to air his views about the nation’s most prominent gun-rights group, taking specific issue with the NRA’s so-called “dangerous theology.”
It’s rare that progressive and conservative Christians agree to come together to address policy issues. That being said, Sojourners’ Jim Wallis, a far-left faith leader, and Richard Land, president of the conservative Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), have a history of joining forces to tackle — and debate — tough topics. Now, the two are, once again, coalescing to confront a complicated and contentious national policy issue — immigration reform.
Q, a non-profit organization based in New York City, describes itself as “a place leaders can explore what that might look like and how God’s intention is showing up in the lives of their peers and the cultural projects they create.” This, of course, means that a diverse set of Christian ideals are considered when it comes to tackling issues pertaining to sin in the world. So conservatives like Richard Land and liberals like Jim Wallis will be sharing the same stage, but will likely be illustrating very different ideals. Still, they will be seeking out areas of agreement. In fact, according to the Sojourners web site, Wallis and Land will be appearing on stage together for a special, moderated discussion: Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners, and Dr. Richard Land, President of The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, will engage in a lively moderated conversation about the important issues that are at stake in the 2012 presidential election. While Wallis and Land often hold opposing political opinions, this dialogue will reveal some surprising common ground between these Christian thought leaders.
The new book “Left, Right & Christ” tackles some fundamental questions about evangelical involvement in politics. Last night the authors, D.C. Innes and Lisa Sharon Harper, joined us for a lively segment on GBTV.