This Thursday, Jim Wallis will give a keynote speech at the Faith and American Values Summit. His important God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It just came out in paperback, and the Oregonian published a short interview this morning.
Not long ago, some politicians challenged the faith of anyone who disagreed with Bush's judicial appointments. You use the words "blasphemous" and "idolatry" to describe their actions. Did they have any response?
"The use of faith to gain political power is idolatrous and blasphemous. God is not Republican. God is not a Democrat. Neither party owns God."
How do people respond when you suggest that our lifestyle, as Americans, is greedy and wasteful -- in those words?
"Pastors all over America struggle with how their congregations get captivated by shopping and materialism and how many taxes they do or don't pay. Here's a news flash: Shopping doesn't satisfy the deepest longings of the human heart."
If you'd like to hear more from Wallis, Powell's did a much more extensive interview with Wallis.
Jim Wallis, "Good News for God's Politics," 7:30 pm Thursday, First Baptist Church at Southwest 12th Avenue and Taylor Street. Free.