Sojourners (Jim Wallis and co.) got into a bit of hot water when they rejected an advertisement sponsored by a gay-rights group. Since Sojourners promotes policies of the left, the group become upset with Wallis’ Sojourners (Sojourners later accepted another ad from the group, so the controversy appears to have diminished a bit). The question remains, what exactly does a liberal “Christian” believe?
When Jim Wallis claims
I love my liberal church friends, but am more
theologically conservative. I have many allies on the religious left,
but I am not a member of it, after reading the following does Wallis’
statement sound true?
Let’s hear from Jim Wallis’ group in their own words, and ask yourself does what Wallis’ group proclaim align with the Bible?
Dramatically reduce abortion. Our society should support common ground policies that dramatically reduce the abortion rate by preventing unwanted pregnancies, providing meaningful alternatives and necessary supports for women and children, and reforming adoption laws.
That’s certainly not a pro-life position, sounding almost like a line from President Clinton: abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. So abortion is fine as long it’s reduced?
Abortion terminates a life. If abortion is wrong, it’s wrong, and if right, it’s right … the number of abortions makes no difference on whether it’s right or wrong.
End capital punishment. A consistent ethic demands that our nation end capital punishment. We should not take life to punish wrongful death.
For a group frequently using the Old Testament law to justify their “social justice” positions, it’s rather bizarre they then reject the Old Testament position on capital punishment (though Sojourners’ “social justice” and capital punishment stands just happen to agree 100% with the political ideology of the left. We’re sure it’s just coincidental).
They’ve joined many others in only using the parts of the Bible agreeing with their pre-determined ideology, a fact demonstrated by their differing position on capital punishment and social justice. The inconsistencies demonstrate views more concerned with radical ideology rather than traditional Biblical theology.
Economy and Taxes
What your position on the domestic economy and taxes?
Budgets are moral documents. Budgets are moral documents that reflect the values and priorities of a family, church, organization, city, state, or nation. Examining budget priorities is a moral and religious concern. Our political leadership’s tax cut mentality ignores “the least of these”—leaving them with crumbs from the feast of the comfortable.
Is it moral to run up Trillions in debt? The recent budget deal added $30,000 to your (and your children’s) credit card. Is that moral?
Of course not, yet social justice promoters lobby for theft of your children’s (and their children’s) money (didn’t I hear somewhere about “thou shalt not steal”?). Instead of arguing about how much more we should go in debt, the moral question is how should we allocate our limited resources, instead of spending our children’s money?
Of course, you’ll never find anywhere Jesus or the apostles stating the church should lobby a secular government to forcefully confiscate possessions of one person for redistribution as it sees fit, so “social justice” has no leg to stand on for the redistribution-is-Christian idea.
Do you support vouchers?
What vouchers do is provide hope—and the chance at a decent education—for a few families that might otherwise not be able to afford such options. What vouchers don’t—and can’t—do is fix what ails the system of public education in this country.
Pouring more borrowed money into a broken system won’t solve the problem (we’ve tried that, and it doesn’t work). We know what works, the question remains, why won’t the educational establishment use it? What if the NFL played by school rules? — would the game be better, or worse? In that scenario, would pouring more money into the NFL improve the game at all?
Why do you think government should solve social problems? Isn’t that the role of the church?
There is a biblical role for the state, just as there is for the church. And they are not the same. According to Romans 13, the state is supposed to uphold the rule of law by protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty. It suggests a clear role for the government in ensuring the common good.
With such basic concepts as the gospel and sin completely misunderstood, should you trust theologically liberal political movements for Biblical ideas? CS Lewis warned of the danger social justice poses.
On the other hand we do want, and want very much, to make men treat Christianity as a means; preferably, of course, as a means to their own advancement, but, failing that, as a means to anything—even to social justice. The thing to do is get a man at first to value social justice as a thing which the Enemy demands, and work him on to the stage at which he values Christianity because it may produce social justice. … I have found a passage in a Christian writer where he recommends his own version of Christianity on the ground that “only such a faith can outlast the death of old cultures and new civilizations.” You see the little rift? “Believe this, not because it is true, but for some other reason”. That’s the game. (“The Screwtape Letters” page 119–120)
You won’t find forced redistribution, theft, or other parts of social justice taught by Jesus, Paul, Peter, John or anyone else in the New Testament. Period. You’ll find much about your individual role for charity, but never stating the church should lobby the government, transfer individual responsibility to a Godless government, “soak the rich”, wealth transfer, equality of outcome, or other popular social justice themes.
Those simply don’t exist in the New Testament — social justice exists as a far-left political movement, not a Christian one.
Jim Wallis expresses neither theologically nor politically conservative ideas — they’re almost exclusively far-left. He’s free to promote whatever he wants, but why call it conservative when it’s not?
It’s abundantly clear liberal progressive “Christianity” lines up almost 100% with far-left, liberal, progressive politics. Judge for yourself if the previous positions (both political and theological) line up with the Bible or not.
Social justice, the counterfeit Christian gospel, the poison of progressive theology, and the coming church division shows the church will soon split into a traditional Biblical theology group, and a group calling themselves (among other names) progressive, liberal “Christians”, but holding no Christian theology at all as they choose to live in The Matrix of deception instead of the reality of the Bible.
Which group do you want to be in?