Jim Wallis


American Evangelical Christian Writer, Theologian,Political Activist and Founder of Sojourners Magazine

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You can't be evangelical and associate yourself with Jesus and what he says about the poor and just have no other domestic concerns than tax cuts for wealthy people.

When evangelical leaders can persuade the president to be concerned about what's happening in Sudan, or sex trafficking around the world, or HIV-AIDS, that's a very good thing. I am completely supportive of that.

What is my calling? What am I supposed to do? I think running for office, public office, can be a divine calling. I mean, I've wrestled with that very question myself.

We have got some mountains to move. Three billion people - half of God's children - are living on less than 2 a day.

We have to distinguish between people we can win over and those we can have a clear public conversation with. We are winning the battle on evangelical Christian college campuses it's just under the radar. We can't give up on everybody. We have to take back the faith.

What changes History is not politicians, but social movements.

We could put parking in the front yard and cut down some of the beautiful oak trees out there. I'd really hate to see it become a wall of parking. But I guess we could consider that.

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

We can find common ground only by moving to higher ground.

This closed system of media-oriented political entertainment continually preempts genuine public dialogue and debate about the issues that most affect people

We are prophetic interrogators. Why are so many people hungry Why are so many people and families in our shelters Why do we have one of six of our children poor, and one of three of these are children of color 'Why' is the prophetic question.

These are political choices being made that are hurting low-income people. Don't make them the brunt of your deficit reduction and fiscal responsibility.

The media seems to think only abortion and gay marriage are religious issues. Poverty is a moral issue, it's a faith issue, its a religious issue.

There's a moral convergence happening among religious leaders on the issue of poverty

The left and right are not religious categories. They're often not even value categories.

The disciplines of prayer, silence, and contemplation as practiced by the monastics and mystics are precisely that

The great thing about social movements is everybody gets to be a part of them.

The country is not hungry for a religious left to counter a religious right.

The Bible says that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. I think of it this way: Faith is believing in spite of the evidence and then watching the evidence change.

So when the only domestic social policy is tax cuts that mostly benefit the wealthiest Americans, we say, 'Where is faith being put into action here'

Sometimes it takes a natural disaster to reveal a social disaster.

Our choice is between cynicism and hope. Hope is a decision you make. Hope means believing in spite of the evidence and then waiting for the evidence to change. Be the ones that we have been waiting for.

Politicians wet their fingers and see which way the wind is blowing at the time. You don

It is the experience of touching the pain of others that is the key to change

No, we are not the master of the state, said King. We are not the servant of the state. We are the conscience of the state. The churches or the religious community should be, I think, the conscience of the state. We're not just service providers.

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American Evangelical Christian Writer, Theologian,Political Activist and Founder of Sojourners Magazine