On God's Side

On God's Side

What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good

Book - 2013
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"My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on Gods side."--Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln led America through one of the most tumultuous times in our nations history. Reading his words today, it is clear we still have much to learn concerning what it means to be on Gods side.
Bestselling author, public theologian, and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis speaks directly into our current context, revealing the spiritual compass we need to effect lasting change in our society. He explains how the good news of Jesus transforms not only our individual lives but also our public lives. Jesuss gospel of the kingdom of God helps us recover a personal and social commitment to the common good and shows us--in concrete ways--how to be both personally responsible and socially just. Working together, we can reshape our churches, society, politics, and economy.
In the midst of contentious national debates on gun control, immigration, budget deficits, and more, this book moves the conversations beyond current media and political warfare to bring together a divided country. Wallis explores how Jesuss agenda can serve the common good, what it takes to sustain a lifelong commitment to social justice, and how reading the Bible as well as the culture can shape our lives for genuine transformation.
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Brazos Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9781587433375
1587433370
Branch Call Number: 261.8 WAL
Characteristics: xvi, 303 p. ; 24 cm.

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Bill_R
Sep 05, 2014

His message is a worthy one for all of us to consider, a possible path to returning to a civil society where Wash DC might become functional again. However he interleaves two audiences: devoted Christians and everyone else. This complicates the reading because his arguments need to be parsed apart depending on which audience you are in. It's worth the investment -- a civil democracy is not reducible to sound bites.

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