Religion and politics belong together when politics gives social meaning to deep, spiritual convictions. Wholeness requires keeping both the Spiritual and Social operating in tandem. "Shalom," one credible Biblical definition of "SALVATION," assumes the fusion of religion and social issues. Using this lens, prophesy and politics can operate as effective allies and a prophet may, in fact, be a political figure.
Quoting Jim Wallis I ask, "Since when did believing in God and having moral values make you pro-war, pro-rich, and pro-Republican? And, since when did promoting and pursuing a progressive social agenda with a concern for economic security, health care, and educational opportunity mean you had to put faith in God aside?"
-Jim Wallis from his book "God's Politics"
This book starts with the premise that the outworking of faith can and should be social. It holds in tension two positions -- that religion and politics need to be separate and that they properly belong together -- and makes the case that God's way of ensuring wholeness requires keeping both the Spiritual and Social together. The idea that social action has a religious basis, is at the heart of the Gospel.
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