1.27.2005

god’s politics

rev. jim wallis, founder of sojourners (christians for justice and peace) and editor-in-chief of sojourners magazine, has written a book entitled god's politics: why the right gets it wrong and the left doesn't get it. i have not yet read this book, but recently saw rev. wallis interviewed by the daily show's jon stewart. you can view that interview here. the clip is about seven minutes long.

one of the things i appreciate about jon stewart is that, while no one is safe from his jabs, he also is intelligent enough to see when he has before him someone who has something worthwhile to say, and finds an appropriate level of humor at those times. i also appreciate what rev. wallis had to say and how he conveyed his points to an audience that, i'd wager, is made up primarily of less-than-religious and potentially cynical folk.

i welcome your comments.

34 Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? 38 And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? 39 And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’ 46 And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. -- matthew 25:34-46

3 comments:

Scott said...

I love Jon Stewart! *nyuck* *nyuck*

mar said...

thanks for the link. i miss getting comedy central. :(

amo said...

i know you do, scott. ;)

and mar . . . that's the beauty of the internet. i don't have cable, either.