The Common Good

Letters to the Editor: Politics and the pulpit

Date: September 15, 2011

I was deeply dismayed to read about the pastors who are becoming politically active ahead of the 2012 election. They do not speak for the thousands of Christians like me who refuse to have our politics defined by a handful of vague biblical references to abortion or homosexuality.

Do they read the same Bible I do? What shapes my political worldview are the pervasive references to caring for the poor. What would Jesus do? My guess is that he'd advocate for programs providing food, shelter, education and healthcare for the poor and middle class.

I hope that The Times gives equal time to someone like the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners, who can articulate another message for Christians who want to address the ills of this country in the next election.