on gods side
That's the message in Rev. Jim Wallis' latest book, 'On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About
What do I love about America? I especially love our best national values: freedom, opportunity, community, justice, human rights, and equality under the law for all of our citizens of every race, creed, culture, and gender, not just for the rich and powerful. In particular, I love our tradition and history of democracy, its steady expansion here, and how it has inspired the same all over the world. We take legitimate pride in seeing how our founding documents have been the models for many new nations. What I don't love is when my country violates its values and ideals and behaves badly. I don't love when my country acts out of greed and only for power, or with blatant hypocrisy, or like an empire.
Personal relationships across religious difference creates religious literacy and interpersonal understanding; such understanding fosters compassion while cultivating a more peaceful and united society.
When real or imagined grievances combine with rage, religious fundamentalism, political extremism, mental illness, or emotional instability, we lose the common good to dangerous violence, fear, and deep distrust in the social environment.
NEW YORK -- A little over a year ago, during some of the most heated moments of the presidential election, the Rev. Jim Wallis
Rev. Jim Wallis joins Marc on set to discuss the 'common good' and what's wrong in Washington.
We would take the time to sound out each syllable, word, and sentence until they got it right, "With malice toward none, with charity for all ..." While they were learning to read, I wanted them to absorb the words of Lincoln.
The common good is not about coming together under the guise of false unity where everyone downplays their difference, but it's about creating safe spaces where difference can exist while we work towards a society that is just for all.
When did we trade the idea of public servants for the false idols of power and privilege? When did we trade governing for campaigning? And when did we trade valuing those with the best ideas for rewarding those with the most money?