I’m exciting for the opportunity to contribute to the God’s Politics blog on Sojourners. I started last month and plan to contribute at least monthly if not more. This is all part of my master plan to take over the [blogo]world: become a mega-blog celebrity, go multi blog-o-site, go on a blogging tour, utilize multi simultaneous synchronized satellite blog-o-videos, get some bloggie groupies, and then finally, sell this blog to Robert Murdoch for 30 million dollars. Bam!
What is Sojourners?
Our mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world…
In our lives and in our work, we seek to be guided by the biblical principles of justice, mercy, and humility. [more]
I’ve been a longtime reader of God’s Politics and Sojourners. The President and CEO of Sojourners is Jim Wallis – author of God’s Politics and The Great Awakening. I met Jim once here in the Seattle area and had a brief conversation. I like him, don’t agree with some of what he writes, but appreciate him.
I know of folks that dislike Sojourners because they feel that they have an agenda. Really? Isn’t that obvious? Of course, they have an agenda. We all have an agenda. And while I’m certain some folks might be upset that I’ve chosen to “affiliate” myself by contributing to the God’s Politics Blog, I would just encourage these folks to relax.
“Just focus on the Bible, Eugene. Focus on Jesus…”
That is what I am occasionally told and my response:
“Of course. I am focusing on Jesus…”
If you believe in Jesus, you can’t help but involve yourself in the muddy affairs of politics – for better or worse. Faith compels us to engage our context and culture. If you believe in Jesus, you can’t help but attempt to articulate and incarnate the biblical call to mercy, justice, and humility. And this is why I am a fan of Sojourners. It’s not because I agree with them on all matters but they encourage the christian faith to engage those very issues of mercy, justice, and humility. I so much appreciate both the idea and active movement of justice, mercy, and humility not being peripheral but central to the gospel of Christ. Salvation is beautiful, profound, and deep.
And of course, my closet critics will see my contribution to God’s Politics and my “politcal” posts on this blog as cryptic support of the Democratic Party. Trust me, I have no party affiliation. I am registered as an independent. I have voted previously for candidates from both major parties, admire the first Republican president, got serious about John Anderson in 1980 [anyone vote for him?], wore my Ron Reagan in his cowboy hat shirt this week and got some interesting looks, loved Jimmy Carter after his presidency, grew tired of Bill, do great impersonations of Howard Dean’s yelp, won’t vote for Jesus for President [sorry Shane], and will not disclose who I’m voting for in any current elections [for various reasons].
What I’m saying is that I value politics but see politics in the larger context. Politics is a process, structure and medium by which we can do much good as a society rather than much harm but many, I believe, can fall astray in thinking that politics, policies, and politicians can provide the salvation for the nations. It certainly has its purpose and must be used accordingly and wisely. But our faith must engage it…not hide from it.
In short, my loyalty isn’t to a political party, to politicians, or to stagnant policies. My ultimate loyalty is to Christ and it is my faith in Christ that informs how I engage with the larger structure and system of politics and not the other way around.
That’s a long answer to…”Hey folks, I’m blogging at God’s Politics.”
Questions: Thoughts about Sojourners and God’s Politics? Other sites you read that inform your faith about politics or justice? Anyone want to buy this blog for 30 million? Random thoughts?
If you haven’t done so, I’d encourage you to check out God’s Politics. Here are a few entries I enjoyed recently:
- A Transformational Moment by Jim Wallis | When the historic legislative milestone of the Voting Rights Act finally passed in 1965, I was still a young teenager. Until then, black people in America didn’t have the right to vote. And until the Civil Rights Act passed the previous year in 1964, black Americans had to drink from separate drinking fountains, eat at separate lunch counters, ride at the back of buses, and watch movies only from the balconies of theaters…
- The Church and Lost Innocence by Gabriel Salguero | Child prostitution and human trafficking are a global problem. The Caribbean is no exception. Just last week my wife, Jeanette, and I were asked to speak at Cigua Palmera’s fundraiser for their Inocencia project (www.ciguapalmera.org). Inocencia, is the Spanish word for innocence…
- ‘FootPrints’ Marches into Courts by Becky Garrison | Some days the material writes itself. As reported by The Washington Post , Mary Stevenson’s son claims that as his mother penned the infamous poem, “Footprints in the Sand,” he seeks any royalties earned from said literary work.