On God s Side What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn t Learned about Serving the Common Good My concern is not whether God is on our side my greatest concern is to be on God s side Abraham Lincoln Lincoln led America through one of the most tumultuous times in our nation s history Reading his

  • Title: On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good
  • Author: Jim Wallis
  • ISBN: 9781587433375
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Hardcover
  • My concern is not whether God is on our side my greatest concern is to be on God s side Abraham Lincoln Lincoln led America through one of the most tumultuous times in our nation s history Reading his words today, it is clear we still have much to learn concerning what it means to be on God s side Bestselling author, public theologian, and leading Christian activist My concern is not whether God is on our side my greatest concern is to be on God s side Abraham Lincoln Lincoln led America through one of the most tumultuous times in our nation s history Reading his words today, it is clear we still have much to learn concerning what it means to be on God s side Bestselling author, public theologian, and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis speaks directly into our current context, revealing the spiritual compass we need to effect lasting change in our society He explains how the good news of Jesus transforms not only our individual lives but also our public lives Jesus s gospel of the kingdom of God helps us recover a personal and social commitment to the common good and shows us in concrete ways how to be both personally responsible and socially just Working together, we can reshape our churches, society, politics, and economy Releasing in the wake of the 2012 election cycle, this book seeks to move beyond the current media and political warfare and bring together a divided country Wallis explores how Jesus s agenda can serve the common good, what it takes to sustain a lifelong commitment to social justice, and how reading the Bible as well as the culture can shape our lives for genuine transformation.

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    1. I'm still wading my way through this one. I am not religious, but I bought this book after hearing his interview on NPR- because most of what he discussed about the problems with the current religious/political climate are the very reasons why I am not religious. He had me when discussing scripture where Jesus said- "What you do to the least of these, you do to me." It rang so true to me about the hypocritical actions of politicians claiming to be "Christian" but trying to take away the programs [...]

    2. Has Christianity been derailed from serving the common good to mandating bipartisan stances? If Christian principles mean standing up for God, then in the myriad of complex political issues—from same-sex marriage to immigration reform—how do we know which side to take? Which side is God’s side?Wallis asserts we can find God on the side of compassion. The common good. Throw out your gospels of self-help, personal enhancement, prosperity, and parochial nationalism, and instead look to the st [...]

    3. I read this book with my bible study/book study group and so had the pleasure of discussing each chapter. Wallis is liberal and progressive. A Christian, he takes a good hard look at Christianity in American politics today and largely doesn't like what he sees. While he tries to give equal support and critique to conservatives and liberals, he clearly sides with the latter. I do too, so that wasn't a problem for me. His message is this: Christianity requires more than looking out for ourselves. [...]

    4. Another great book by Jim Wallis. I don't want to say that this book is "rehashed" material, b/c that would not be quite fair. However, if you have read Jim Wallis' other books (and read them with an open mind) you will see that this is the type of thing he has been saying and writing about for years and years. He just is a lot more "pastoral and personal" in this book and steers clear of a lot of overtly political ideology. His only goal is for us to understand that as Christians, and as a soci [...]

    5. I really appreciate Jim Wallis and the work of Sojourners, so I eagerly anticipated this book. I even pre-ordered it so I would get a chance to read it before being bombarded by magazine and blog excerpts!A lot of the content of the book will be familiar to readers of Sojourners' various outlets. As with much of the content in Wallis' previous books, many articles and blog posts get repurposed into the book, or vice versa.The book's greatest strength is in Part 1, which examines the Biblical, th [...]

    6. Jim Wallis and I would likely disagree politically on a variety of issues (immigration, minimum wage, foreign policy, tax policy, size of government, social welfare programs, american exceptionalism). But he cares for the Christian Faith, our nation, and genuninely seeks as Abraham Lincoln wrote during the Civil War"My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concenr is to be on God's side.Wallis does an excellent job reminding me of the highlights of the Biblical Narative - The Go [...]

    7. A must read book for anyone who is concerned about the American political system today. The author is an Evangelical minister which caused me initially to have some pre-conceived notions that turned out to be quite wrong. Whatever side of the political aisle you belong on you need to read this book. Thought-provoking!

    8. Possibly I bought this book when it was released just after the 2012 election cycle, or maybe I picked it up used more recently. In any case, I didn't read it until now, after the horrific 2016 election cycle. Wallis expressed a small optimism that things were changing, that people of faith and no faith had realized after the 2012 elections that they needed to work together for the common good. Obviously, his optimism did not pan out as our current political environment makes crystal clear. But [...]

    9. As expected, Wallis did not disappoint. I read God's Politics awhile ago, and having read, On God's Side, solidifies my belief in social Christian ministry. The two are not mutually exclusive even if the prevailing sentiment is that living within mainstream American religious belief prohibits religious protest. A wonderful read, and one worth understanding what Wallis is asking of us, whether Christian or not, as we build a world where kingdom doesn't mean oppression.

    10. This book is powerful. It really called me to think about what I believe and how I act on that belief.I like that he talks about getting people from both conservative and liberal/progressive denominations/religions and about getting republicans and democrats to agree on certain key things. He emphasizes what we can learn from each other and points out that some things are worth protecting.

    11. If you are tired of religion or tired of politics and especially tired of both being intermixed incorrectly: this is a great read. It is slow at moments but some chapters pick up fast. In today's political climate this book is a great read (even though it is written around 2011-2012).

    12. This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (jacobscafe).Jim Wallis is well-known by many Christians, and he often is viewed as controversial in the evangelical community, as he uses the term evangelical while promoting progressive ideals through the social justice group, Sojourners. I've never read or listened to any of his work, so I was intrigued to listen to an audiobook version of his (very long) tome, On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving t [...]

    13. There are many things that Jim Wallis writes with which I agree.There are many things that Jim Wallis writes with which I disagree.The wonderful thing about reading a Jim Wallis book is the grace in which he writes. He does not bash you over the head for disagreeing with him. He doesn't resort to the name-calling ridiculousness from many political pundits.Make no mistake, Jim Wallis is a left-of-center thinker. He has made many enemies since Glenn Beck declared war on him. In On God's Side, Wall [...]

    14. It was a beautiful, relatively mild March day in Mobile (AL) when I chose to sit quite comfortably in a bed of pine straw, leaning back against a tree, to read while my wife went in to check out the flower-&-garden show. After a bit, feeling some need for a trip to our car in the parking lot, I arose and happened to fall into conversation with a couple of pleasant ladies who had finished their tour of the show and were making their way alongside me through the lot toward their vehicle. One i [...]

    15. This book had an amazing message. The fact that it is titled "On God's Side" may deter some people from reading it as they are not Christian or don't believe in God, or don't know where they stand on belief in the divine. While I fall into this latter category, I can personally attest to the fact that this book is a good read for anyone regardless of where they are in their understanding of spirituality. While the points are motivated by biblical passages, the point, intent, and direction that t [...]

    16. First Reads Giveaway Book.------------------------------------Everyone wants to claim that God is on their side, their country's side, their team’s side, their company’s side, their political party's side, and even their church’s side. But what does it mean to be on God's side? Jim Wallis does a superb job in trying to answer that question for us.In his book,On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good, Wallis states that we should focus up [...]

    17. If anyone reading this is familiar with Christian Social Justice teaching, most of what is in this book is standard fare, with Rev. Wallis' personal experiences in the field providing a wonderful lens through which to view societal problems. The book itself is divided into two sections. The first examines the scriptural origins of social justice doctrine, and the second provides ideas for how to deal with current injustice scenarios.Rev. Wallis begins the book by speaking briefly about the spiri [...]

    18. The main point of this book is that people need to behave more like Christians and stop being antagonistic. Jim Wallis believes that there are good things on both sides of the issues and that we are letting ourselves get side tracked by the polarization of politics. Politicians are arguing about the wrong things which distracts us from the facts. He wants us to concern ourselves with the common good, and he feels it will take a "movement" by the people, NOT politicians, to reclaim our goals of w [...]

    19. What a powerhouse of a book!Jim Wallis has been at the forefront of the faith-community's social justice movement for over four decades and this book is packed with wisdom and insight he has gained by living it out in the context of family and community.There are simply too many gems in this work to mention them all, but here is one that will perhaps spark your curiosity to go deeper:"No social reform movement in modern times has succeeded without the central involvement of the faith community a [...]

    20. I'd like to believe that there is hope for our political structure in the U.S. Jim Wallis narrates the space that gives us that freedom by advocating that all politicians regardless of special interest groups, financial backing and political party come together in areas of "common good". I see clearly what Jim is trying to say: us religious and our leaders have strayed so far from what Jesus has asked us to do that it is hard for us to see and admit the broken path we have traveled. Instead, Jim [...]

    21. I won this book some years ago from giveaway contest that was a mix bag with other books that I want to win.Now, I got the chance to read this book even though he is liberal and I am conservative. I wanted to understand their liberal view. I disagree with him on political side and theological point of view. He had me scratching my head times to times. I do understand that he does care for the poor. Yes, I do care for the poor, but we have a very different view how we should do this. Too much for [...]

    22. This took me longer to read than it should have, perhaps because I was generally reading it as an ebook when travelling It covers similar ground to his previous book "God's Politics" and like it is written primarily into the polarised world of US politics but it has lots to say into other adversarial democracies, particularly our own toxic situation here in Northern Ireland. The principle of the common good is one that is too easily forgotten in such an environment, and is not always pursued by [...]

    23. So i like his first book Gods politics and I have heard him speak and felt some inspiration there. However, while he has some good points (examples: that the "common good" requires both personal and social responsibility and his comments on the importance of fatherhood and family) I personally think he talks too much about himself in this book and almost seems to brag about his political connections (talking about meeting Archbishop Tutu or reprinting his originally private letter to President O [...]

    24. Jim Walllis turns a common phrase--God is on our side--completely around in telling us that what we need to think about is whether we are "on God's side." He eloquently discusses how faith should focus on the common good and bring us together rather than tear us apart. The first part deals with theological perspectives; the second part with policy and political issues. Anyone who has been concerned with how religion has been misused to divide us, to create seemingly endless arguments and not to [...]

    25. I found that his reasons for leaving the church reflect many of my misgivings or frustrations with the church I have been having but unable to put a finger on. I have felt like Christianity today has morphed into accepting God so you can get a free one way ticket to heaven because god is on your side. It just leaves out all the difficult parts like living like a christian, as a person, a country or a world for the common good of everyone. A good book that makes you think. You do not need to be r [...]

    26. This is a book that requires only a couple of things. One is that you read it with an open mind and the other is to think or meditate on how this applies to real life. Jim is progressive/ liberal but that should not stop conservatives from reading this. We need to rethink how we ought to live out our faith on all levels and how we relate to others who are not like us. I think that is the core message of the book and it is a very timely one. You don't have to agree with all his points to get some [...]

    27. The need for the common good is over-whelming and Jim Wallis as usual brings it to our attention. The question is whether as Christians we are going to be bold enough to step out and do anything about it or are we going to sit in our comfortable spot and watch from the sidelines and complain.The current status of government and the continual partisan politics that carry on is not going to help our nation or the world move forward. I believe that it is possible for us to work toward the common go [...]

    28. Really great book, well worth the read. Make you think,an I hope that for readers would drive not only thinking and discussion but also to action. I think he really challenges a theological position such as his views on 'atonement only theology'. I particularly liked his views on 'The Kingdom' but I would like that wouldn't I. The fact that he seems to be a fan of C.S. Lewis also engender the book to me. I would recommend the book to us all, read it and hopefully lets have lots more activists to [...]

    29. A really insightful book on getting government and politics working as intended vs. what they have degraded to. This book is good for all religious oriented people and extends beyond only Christianity. I found that it is also very valuable for atheists and others of similar bent. The ideas are presented with scriptural backing, however the ideas pertain too all persons intent on living on a path of fairness, mutual respect and social justice for individuals and for our communities that extend to [...]

    30. The theme of the "common good" and its importance for the existence of civil society is what attracted me to the book to begin with. The intended audience is probably Protestant Americans of whatever political philosophy one holds to. I ended up skimming large parts of the book as it didn't seem to offer any new insights. The last 2 chapters gets more into how people in their homes might live his ideas which might be of practical issue to some.

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