This is an article from Sojourners, written by Editor and Chief Jim Wallis, about the values Christians hold dear and fight for in the political and social realms. Wallis puts forth a wonderfully constructive vision for how the Body of Christ needs to operate TOGETHER to live out God's Kingdom here on earth...even amidst the messy business of politics.
A Message to All 'Values Voters' (by Jim Wallis)
We both agreed that the issue is not whether faith should help to shape our public life, but how.
I believe that Christians across the political spectrum might have more common concerns than people think—and potential common ground—on critical issues.
Second, there are prudential judgments on policies—where there is room for disagreement and deeper dialogue
And together, as Richard and I both try to do, we should challenge those who wish to banish religion from the public square.
The more we look like our evangelical fore-parents, the more we see our faith as the spark for social justice, the more faithful and united we could be.
- Strengthening marriage and families
- Renewing the moral fabric of our culture
- Overcoming extreme global poverty and disease; and unnecessary poverty at home
- Advancing a consistent ethic of the sanctity of life
- Ending human trafficking
- Healing the wounds of racism
- Protecting God's creation
- Finding a better path to national and global security
If those we could agree on these basic principles, we could re-shape American politics—and, with God's help, we might change some of the big things that politics has been unable to.
As for politics in an election year, the Catholic Bishops have some good advice for us. They counsel Christians to be:
- political but not partisan
- principled but not ideological
- clear but also civil
- engaged but not use
Because, above all, (back to where we started) we are called to be faithful to the principles of the kingdom of God.