I have mixed feels about "God's Politics." Jim Wallis makes some very good points in this book, but there are a few of his beliefs with which I am not in agreement. Wallis is very adamant about our faith being the basis of all our decision-making, especially in politics and government, and in reaching out to society's forgotten. He offers some statements, however, that I do not believe are in agreement with the bible. This is particularly evidenced in his argument that supporting and legalizing gay marriage is a matter of faith. I also do not agree with some of Wallis' claims concerning the United States' responsibility to the international community. In my opinion, some of his statements concerning the US' involvement in Iraq do not tell the whole story. He also repeats himself on numerous occasions, repeating the same passages two and three, or more, times. Nonetheless, Wallis makes very good points, adamantly raising awareness to the dire lack of faith based decision-making within our government and the lack of cooperation among politicians to deal with compelling social issues for partisan reasons rather than the common good.
Either love him or loathe him because you'd have to work hard to be lukewarm about Jim Wallis and his new book, "God's Politics." As his subtitle suggests ("Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It"), Wallis calls for an integrative approach to politics and religion.His point of integration is well captured in the words of the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin's statement about, "a seamless garment of life" in which all issues that infringe on human life are important. As Wallis himself says in an open letter to Chuck Colson:"What I'm saying around the country is that there is a new option for American politics that follows from the prophetic religious tradition. It is `traditional' or `conservative' on issues of family values, sexual integrity, and personal responsibility while being very `progressive,' `populist,' or even `radical' on issues such as poverty and racial justice" (www.sojo.net).When you read "God's Politics," be prepared to think, to be upset, to disagree, to ponder, to be stretched. When you tell your friends about it, be prepared to be called a "liberal turncoat" by your conservative friends, or a "fundamentalist nutcase" by your liberal friends.Though I don't reach all the conclusion as Wallis, I have thought several times, "I wish I had written this book," and "I've always thought that there must be a way to be a Christian, love all of life, and care for the unborn as well as the disadvantaged born." Wallis has the courage, the mind, and the communication skills to weave together a tapestry that just might lead to a new American melting pot (to mix my metaphors).Reviewer: Dr. Bob Kellemen, author of "Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction" and "Spiritual Friends: A Methodology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction.