God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It
The main thrust of the book is that
-- Christ advocated the use of government to address social issues, such as poverty;
-- the Religious Right has allied itself with the party le...more
The beginning was intriguing...what? you mean to tell me that there's others out there like me? who believe that Jesus was a radical and we Christians should be helping the poor? and that these fringe issues the Religious Right gets into are really vehicles to control the masses and rarely actually advocate for Biblically-based directives? that, in fact, if you get down to the main platforms of Christianity, no one in our poli...more
First of all, this book suggests that people of faith should in no way feel obligated to give their unco...more
Let me start with a little background on the reader (me) because of course I can only see the book through my own particular lenses. I grew up in a very politically conservative and fairly religiously conservative Christian home. By college (if not before) I knew I didn't quite agree with all I'd been taught. I was very involved with a Southern Baptist group on campus, but also tal...more
His stance is fresh and appealing, but I have just one complaint. He too frequently lampoons Republicans for being greedy money grubbers. Again, I agree with his words on how much God is concerned with...more
If you are an evangelical Christian, trying to understand the place of politics in your faith, then this book will challenge you into the type of action the Bible intended.
It takes a while, but in the end Wallis puts an emphasis on moving Christians to act for global justice and stewardship. For some Christians this is a ne...more
Wallis brings an important and much needed message to the religious and political arena. Most of what he has to say is articulate, well thought out and presents the important message that Christians must beware of the dangers of "Group-Think."
My primary criticism and the reason I give the book 4 stars rather than what would have otherwise surely been a 5, is that the title is somewhat misleading. Reading this book I was under the impressi...more
What stuck with me most from this book were Wallis' many examples of how a shared vision could create common ground for Dems and Reps to truly work together to create workable solutions to real problems, even on so...more
For many years, I knew that I had certain gut feelings and instincts about how God works, but wasn't really sure on the biblical support for those feelings. Things like erring on the side of love, not hating people, supporting the poor, being anti-war. It feels stupid now to write those things, and I'm not expressing exactly what my inclinations were...more
I liked what he had to say in the book about poverty. Good stuff that we all need to be thinking about and acting on.
I found the book to be somewhat repetitive and full of press statements, group statements, charters, and other such...more
God's Politics has struck a chord with contemporary Americans who, according to bestseller lists, are buying Wallis's book in droves. Regardless of how critics feel about the author's religious beliefs (evangelical Christian) and political leanings (traditional on family values; progressive on issues like poverty and social justice), they are hard-pressed to argue with his central tenets: God belongs to no single political party and true faith transcends political categorization. Wallis writes t...more
We are the ones we have been waiting for
"How blessed are those who make peace, because it is they who will be called God's children!" Matthew 5
International Standard Version (©2012)
"God's Politics" was written in 2004. Jim Wallis is prophetic in the sense of introducing to his readers, years of hands on experience of dedication to peace and social justice.
Jim Wallis is walking the talk and tells us that God is personal not private.
The author is very informed on the Iraq War, the reasons the US w...more
"There was only one real Christian in history, a...more
One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was his description of the most successful Christian political movements--they didn't start at the top but at the very bottom, serving those who were disenfranchised, forgotten, and marginalized (the civil rights moveme...more
The thing I really disliked about this book, though, is that much of it seems to be aimed at puffing up Jim Wallis and Sojourners. It's great that...more
This book, published after the 2004 election, throws cold water in the face of the meanness of the political right and the vacuousness of the political left with regard to how they treat religion in their campaigns.
I think thi...more
Despite my rese...more
Wallis has written ten books, including the New York Times bestsellers God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It and The Great Awakening, and...more