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Wallis—an evangelical Christian minister, a political liberal, and (full disclosure) a friend—has chosen Lincoln’s observation as the starting point for an important sermon. His new book, On God’s Side, purposefully challenges both the religious right and the religious left to come together on higher ground for the common good. A political junkie, Wallis removed himself from much of the coverage of the 2012 campaign; he didn’t even know who won the New Hampshire primary for days. He went on retreat, seeking silence and solace and sanity. When he returned, he wrote On God’s Side. It is in many ways a slap in the face to politics as usual, a plea for all sides to heed the scriptural command to find a time to mend and not just to tear; to love and not just to hate; to search and not just give up.
What would Jesus do on immigration and guns? Joshua DuBois interviews Jim Wallis, a leading liberal theologian, about some of the most contentious political issues of our time.
The so-called "Evangelical Immigration Table," which includes evangelicals Jim Wallis on the left and Richard Land on the right, unveiled its plan Tuesday (June 12) on Capitol Hill... Though the group is reaching out to evangelicals, Congress, and the president, there's not yet a specific framework in place.
A diverse group of evangelical leaders gathered in Washington this week to announce the Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform, which cast immigration reform as a moral imperative and establish “ground rules” for a policy solution. The signatories include Richard Land, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s “morality and ethics” arm and a prominent figure on the religious right, and Jim Wallis of Sojourners, the left-leaning evangelical organization that has long advocated for more humane immigration policy. One signatory seems to have come as a shock even to the other evangelicals: Focus on the Family, a group that has been seen for years as aligned with the most right-wing elements of the Republican Party. The statement was also endorsed by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops.
Evangelical Christian coalition Focus on the Family has embraced immigration—and is encouraging its supporters to do the same. The group—which backed Rick Santorum and then Mitt Romney for president—is airing radio ads on Christian stations in Florida and Colorado that advocate immigration reform, imploring its followers to welcome foreigners who want to become citizens. Focus on the Family is taking on the same message as many conservative evangelicals such as the leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention and the National Association of Evangelicals. "I think it's really going to give some new energy to the movement," an NAE spokesman said of the new Focus on the Family ads. "Our focus is not just addressing ourselves to politicians but to our own communities and encouraging all evangelicals to take a serious look at the issue from a biblical and pastoral and human perspective."