Moral Contradictions

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis, the author of "God's Politics: Why the Right Get It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It" visited Comedy Central's Daily Show awhile back. The interview is worth a listen as he explains that the only moral issues are not just abortion and gay marriage.

He's an evangelical who is sick of real moral values being set aside for a strange coalition of the rich along with the anti-abortion/gay-marriage crowd. He, like this blog, doesn't believe Jesus was obsessed with a capital-gains tax and going to war. He wonders how Jesus became pro-rich, pro-war, and pro-American.

He speaks of being more inclusive to affect change instead of being so exclusive. Jon Stewart asks if this book was aimed toward evangelicals who are concerned about their reputation. He says its for everyone and hopes to start a social movement to re-focus our nation on its real problems.

His interpretation of Jesus' teachings and those of the Bible say fighting poverty is a moral value (mentioned over 3,000 times in the Bible), protecting God's creation is a moral value, etc.

He also quotes Matthew 25 as the pretext of his conversion experience. What a great chapter.

The video is informative, thought-provoking, and entertaining. Check it out (broadband may be required).

I need to get his book.

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