Jim Wallis

(James E. Wallis Jr.)

Jim Wallis
Jim Wallis
  • Born: June 4, 1948
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer

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James E. Wallis Jr. is an American Christian writer and political activist. He is best known as the founder and editor of Sojourners magazine and as the founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Christian community of the same name. Wallis is well known for his advocacy on issues of peace and social justice. Although Wallis actively eschews political labels, he describes himself as an evangelical and is often associated with the evangelical left and the wider Christian left. He worked as a spiritual advisor to President Barack Obama. He is also a leader in the Red-Letter Christian movement.

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A budget is a moral document. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
All Americans want our government to have a moral compass. Management & Managing Government
Every major social movement in our history was fueled in large part by religion and faith. Abolitionism, women’s suffrage, child labor law, and most famously, civil rights. Religion & God ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
God’s Politics: Why the Right gets it wrong and the Left doesn’t get it. Religion & God
I hardly think that Jesus was pro tax cut and in support of the Iraq War. How did Jesus become pro rich and pro war? Liberals & Conservatives
I think the Right has made a serious mistake in adopting a moral-values strategy, because they’re winning in the short run. But in the long run, they’re going to lose this debate because they won’t be able to restrict it to two issues (abortion & gay marriage). Once you open that door to a values conversation, it’s going to undercut a right-wing economic agenda, which values wealth over work and favors the rich over the poor, or resorts to war as the first resort and not the last. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Religion must be disciplined by democracy. Religion & God
Religion should be a bridge to unite us and not a wedge to divide us politically. Religion & God
Religion should cut politically left and right and not be politically predictable or loyally partisan. Religion & God
Republicans look after the rich, and Democrats focus on the needs of the middle class. Neither of them looks after the poor. Liberals & Conservatives
The answer to bad religion is not secularism. It’s better religion. Religion & God
A billion dollars every week for Iraq, $87 billion for Iraq. We can't get $5 billion for childcare over five years in welfare reform.
But when one believes that you've been appointed by God for a particular mission in history, you have to be very careful about that, how you speak about that. Where is the self-reflection in that? Where is the humility in that? History ;Religion & God
But when we place God on our side of things, that we are now ridding the world of evil - that's very dangerous, that one nation has this role to rid the world of evil. What about the evil we have committed, that we are complicit in? Religion & God
Hope unbelieved is always considered nonsense. But hope believed is history in the process of being changed. History ;Hope
I believe in the separation of church and state, absolutely. But I don't believe in the separation of public life from our values, our basic values, and for many of us, our religious values. Life
I don't think we should discriminate against an organization or congregation because they're religious, if they're doing good work. But government can't subsidize proselytizing or worship or religious activity. It can't. Government ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I met the president when he was president-elect at a meeting in Austin. He spoke of his faith. He spoke of his desire for a compassionate conservatism, for a faith-based initiative that would do something for poor people. Religion & God
I think it's a good thing for a president or political leaders to want to put their values or their faith into action. Desmond Tutu did that in South Africa. Martin Luther King Jr. did that here. This is a good thing. Religion & God
If the president is going to use so much language of theology and the Bible, then let's use that language for a serious discussion about the war in Iraq. And that was never done. War & Peace
I'm often asked what I think about the faith of the President George W. Bush. I think it is sincere. I think it's very real. I think it's deeply held. Religion & God
Martin Luther King Jr. really understood the role of the churches when he said, 'The church is not meant to be the master of the state.' We don't sort of take power and grab the levers of government and impose our agenda down people's throats. Power ;Government
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.
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?' Religion & God
Sometimes it takes a natural disaster to reveal a social disaster.
The great thing about social movements is everybody gets to be a part of them.
The left and right are not religious categories. They're often not even value categories.
The media seems to think only abortion and gay marriage are religious issues. Poverty is a moral issue, it's a faith issue, it's a religious issue. Religion & God ;Families, Children & Parenting
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.
We have got some mountains to move. Three billion people - half of God's children - are living on less than $2 a day. Religion & God
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.
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.