Usually people with a deep-felt religion make me want to clap my hands over my ears and sing ‘la-dee-da-dee-da’ loudly. But Jim Wallis, author of God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It, sounds okay in my book. He talks about inclusive religion with the folks at Alternet (as opposed to the exclusive relgion of our nation’s leaders).
Lincoln got it right. We don’t claim God’s blessing on our politics and policies. We don’t claim that God is on our side. We worry, we pray, we just always examine ourselves to see if we are on God’s side. And if Lincoln got it right, I think Martin Luther King did it best. With that Bible in one hand and the Constitution in the other hand, he really didn’t pronounce, he persuaded. He didn’t shut people out; he invited everybody in to a moral discourse on politics. And he said we can do better. We can do better than this by our democratic values, by our religious values.