Thursday, May 12, 2005

Great Night Last Night!

Gay and I went to Hyde Park United Methodist Church last night to hear Jim Wallis speak. Wallis is the Author of God's Politics: Why the Right Gets it Wrong, and the Left Doesn't Get it. He is also the executive director of Sojourners (to find out more about them, click on the link in the links section of the site.)

We both thoroughly enjoyed his presentation. The heart of his message what that we need to end the "values in politics" monologue that the religious right has kept a tight grip on for the past several years, and replace it with a values dialogue that includes Christians from both sides of the aisle.

Here, to the best of my memory, are some the highlights of what he said:

Since when is Jesus pro-rich, pro-war, and pro-America?

I don't think Jesus' top priorities would be a capital gains tax cut and the occupation of Iraq.

Budgets are moral documents. Where we spend our money is a reflection of our values.

Taking care of God's creation, the environment, is a moral value.

The Bible discusses caring for the poor hundreds of more times than abortion or homosexuality. And yet caring for the poor is absent from the religious rights values monologue.

If you every have an opportunity to hear Jim Wallis speak, Go! You will be enriched by the experience.

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