Recent debates over gun control, the budget and gay rights have shown us that our nation cannot seem to agree on anything these days. Jim Wallis, progressive Christian activist, president and CEO of Sojourners, and author of On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good, says it's time to focus on the old concept, "the common good" as the only way out of our politically polarized gridlock.
Reducing the deficit seems like a matter of strict dollars and cents, not one of religion. But this week, voices on both sides of the political fence have evoked God and morality in fighting for budget cuts. On Sunday, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner addressed the National Religious Broadcasters convention, and talked about the moral implications of the deficit as an unfair burden on coming generations. On Monday, two dozen Christian leaders came out on the other side of the issue, placing a full page advertisement in Politico with the headline: "What Would Jesus Cut?" The argument was presented that the moral test of a society is how it treats its poor.