Peter Green: November 2018
In On God's Side, Jim Wallis illustrates the power of money over democracy and argues that all political parties seem to prefer winning over governing, ideology over civility and celebrity culture over leadership. Fear and blame he cites as the default policy, whilst meanwhile, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
Wallis called for the need of both the personal responsibility credo of the 'conservatives' and the social responsibility of the 'liberals' and a return to seeking 'the common good'. However, he argued that with a broken political system in so many countries, real change has usually needed a background movement of popular support, such as with apartheid, racism and campaigns by the likes of Amnesty international, 38 Degrees and Greenpeace.
Having left his family's church because of its emphasis on how to get to heaven rather than how to live on earth, Wallis criticises aspects of both the 'conservative' churches and 'liberal' churches. He urges all sections of the church to come together and work for the common good.
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