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A billion dollars every week for Iraq, $87 billion for Iraq. We can't get $5 billion for childcare over five years in welfare reform.
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A few of us met with Prime Minister Tony Blair, American church leaders and our U.K. counterparts, and we talked with him for an hour. We talked about theology, about morality, about ethics and about politics.
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Are we asking whether we are being accountable to God's intentions and purposes? Or are we asking for God's blessing on our activities? They're very different things.
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But good news - what kind of good news? Jesus, in his first sermon - his Nazareth manifesto, you might say - said, 'The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.'
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But now the president uses it for a different meaning. He says there is wonder-working power in the faith and values of the American people. Well, that's not what the song said. That's not what it was about.
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But now, all that's changed remarkably. Now the word 'evangelical' is a good word, although it's got lots of baggage and people have all these images and fears.
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But the use of language like this just becomes a way to sanction our behavior and our policies, and to appeal to a constituency that feels like they are being spoken to in a very unique and particular way.
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But there are evangelicals who care about other issues besides abortion and sexuality and family matters. These are important issues to Christians, a lot of Christians.
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But there are very important issues, like economic justice. What's happening to poor people? Or, many Christians were opposed to the war in Iraq, and are very concerned about what's happening now in Iraq.
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But when one believes that you've been appointed by God for a particular mission in history, you have to be very careful about that, how you speak about that. Where is the self-reflection in that? Where is the humility in that?
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But when we place God on our side of things, that we are now ridding the world of evil - that's very dangerous, that one nation has this role to rid the world of evil. What about the evil we have committed, that we are complicit in?
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Good news to the poor. To be evangelical means to preach and live and act in a way that is good news to poor people.
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Hope unbelieved is always considered nonsense. But hope believed is history in the process of being changed.
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I believe in the separation of church and state, absolutely. But I don't believe in the separation of public life from our values, our basic values, and for many of us, our religious values.
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I don't think biblical faith can sustain that kind of point of view. In fact, biblical faith would challenge it. So instead, the Bible is being used to justify our policies, and not to call them into question.
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I don't think we should discriminate against an organization or congregation because they're religious, if they're doing good work. But government can't subsidize proselytizing or worship or religious activity. It can't.
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I mean, these are good people. But this is not biblical thinking. What's changing - and it is changing all over the country - is a new generation of evangelicals are discovering the poor in the Bible.
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I met the president when he was president-elect at a meeting in Austin. He spoke of his faith. He spoke of his desire for a compassionate conservatism, for a faith-based initiative that would do something for poor people.
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I think he should have at least met to discuss the disagreements; maybe not to agree, but to have a serious theological conversation.
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I think it's a good thing for a president or political leaders to want to put their values or their faith into action. Desmond Tutu did that in South Africa. Martin Luther King Jr. did that here. This is a good thing.
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I think when we are so sure that God is on our side, and that those who are not with us are against us, or even with the terrorists, that's taking another step. I believe God is in our world, in our history, in our lives, in our choices.
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I would say that if our gospel isn't good news to poor people, it isn't an evangelical gospel. That's what I believe. I think that's right in the heart of the true evangelical tradition, and of course, 18th-century Britain, John Wesley and Methodism.
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I'm often asked what I think about the faith of the President George W. Bush. I think it is sincere. I think it's very real. I think it's deeply held.
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I've been supportive of the idea of government partnership with faith-based organizations and other non-profit organizations to do the work of fighting poverty. We've done it for years, overseas and here. I think it needs to be done.
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If the president is going to use so much language of theology and the Bible, then let's use that language for a serious discussion about the war in Iraq. And that was never done.
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It confuses God's purposes with the best interests for American foreign policy, so there's a confusion here. It's bad theology and bad foreign policy at the same time.
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It is a code language that is meant to appeal to a base, to reassure a base, to tell them he's one of them and that they understand each other.
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It shouldn't. It's against the law. It's bad for religion, and bad for government when government does that.
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It wasn't about the American people and their values. So he's changing the meaning of the words, and that to me is disconcerting.
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Martin Luther King Jr. really understood the role of the churches when he said, 'The church is not meant to be the master of the state.' We don't sort of take power and grab the levers of government and impose our agenda down people's throats.
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No, we are not the master of the state, said King. We are not the servant of the state. We are the conscience of the state. The churches or the religious community should be, I think, the conscience of the state. We're not just service providers.
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Now at least Blair met with the church leaders. Mr. Bush wouldn't even meet with any church leaders that opposed him on the war, that just wanted to raise questions, even his own Methodist bishops. I think that was unfortunate.
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Now, they think they are. They believe they are. They love the Bible. But they're not paying attention to whole vast areas of biblical teaching that call for economic justice.
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One of them for me is this deep concern about overcoming poverty. That is a religious value for me, not just a political one.
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Or Ellis Island, on the first anniversary of Sept. 11. He talked about how America stands as a beacon of light to the world, and the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
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So a number of us in this country, as Christians, as evangelicals, are waiting to see policies that reflect the language and the intention of a faith-based initiative, or compassionate conservatism.
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So every evangelical kid like me heard 'wonder-working power,' knew exactly right away what it was referring to, this wonderful old song. 'There's power, power, wonder-working power in the blood of the Lamb,' which is about the salvation in Christ.
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So here are all these evangelicals, and they say, 'That's our song. That's our language. He understands us.' What it's now about is wonder-working power in us, in the Americans, in our vision, our values, our place in the world.
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So I have no trouble with the faith. I want it to be applied. I want a faith that takes Jesus seriously in foreign policy. When Jesus says, 'Blessed are the peacemakers,' what does that mean?
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So I want the president to be more evangelical than his domestic policy shows so far in terms of fighting poverty.
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So in foreign policy, putting faith into action I think would be a deep concern for human rights. Jimmy Carter believed he was putting his faith into action when he became so concerned about human rights around the world.
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So religious people often feel alienated or disrespected by Democrats. I think that's very sad. I think political leaders of both parties need to respect religious people and their values and the tradition in this country.
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So this isn't for me a social action question. It's not a political question. It is impossible to be an evangelical Christian and ignore the vast teaching of the Bible about poor people.
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So when the only domestic social policy is tax cuts that mostly benefit the wealthiest Americans, we say, 'Where is faith being put into action here?'
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Sometimes it takes a natural disaster to reveal a social disaster.
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That is not only bad foreign policy or presumptuous foreign policy - I would say it's idolatrous foreign policy to claim God's purpose for that mission. And in the language that Mr. Bush has used, he does this again and again and again.
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That's bad theology. It confuses American civil religion and biblical faith. It confuses church and nation.
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That's my concern, when all of a sudden it's supporting American foreign policy, when it wasn't about American foreign policy. It's about the light of Christ in the world. It was about the word of God in history.
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The fact that evangelicals aren't often thought to be good news is part of the present problem, you see.
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The great thing about social movements is everybody gets to be a part of them.
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The left and right are not religious categories. They're often not even value categories.
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The majority of evangelicals voted Republican in the last election, and have for several years, because of cultural values, because of the Republicans seeming to respect religious people more than Democrats seem to. All of that's true.
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The media seems to think only abortion and gay marriage are religious issues. Poverty is a moral issue, it's a faith issue, it's a religious issue.
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The problem is not somebody putting faith into action. The problem is when they name the faith and don't put it into action.
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The richest nation in this global economic system, in which 2 billion of God's children are poor and live on less than $2 a day?
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The self-help Methodist became now almost a messianic American Calvinist, speaking of the mission of America, and even of his perhaps divine appointment to be president at a time such as this.
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The speeches contain biblical language and hymnology, but often misused or often put in a different context, and the meaning has been changed. The meaning of the hymns and the meaning of that biblical text has been changed to serve another purpose.
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Then Sept. 11 came. I think his role changed dramatically, his notion of himself and his place in history, and he became commander in chief of the war on terrorism.
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There are religious fundamentalists that we all know of and speak of. There are also secular fundamentalists, people who have a disdain for religion, and many of those voices are in the Democratic Party.
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There are ways to do it that respect the separation of church and state that respects other religious minorities. All the communities are respected and respect those who aren't religious and don't want to be.
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There's been lots of talk, a lot of rhetoric, but no action here. Until there's a domestic social policy that benefits low-income families, then the faith-based initiative doesn't have any content, any substance.
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These are not good Christian leaders. They're right-wing ideologues. They're cultural fundamentalists. I don't think they're really evangelical.
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They didn't all speak, but the ones who spoke were opposed to the war in Iraq, except for the American Southern Baptists.
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This is what Jesus taught. He doesn't say the 'peace lovers.' Blessed are the peacemakers.
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This raises some deep and unsettling theological questions, I think, whether there's a confusion now in the role of church and nation - the body of Christ, the Christian community, what its role is versus the role of the nation.
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To ask what God's calling is for me is a fair question, a necessary question, for any Christian. That's not a problem.
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To be an evangelical and to be fighting poverty or to be standing against racism or be opposed to the war in Vietnam was like a voice crying out in the wilderness way back then.
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We are not seeing policies that benefit poor people in this country or around the world. That, for us, is a religious concern; not just a political one.
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We are prophetic interrogators. Why are so many people hungry? Why are so many people and families in our shelters? Why do we have one of six of our children poor, and one of three of these are children of color? 'Why?' is the prophetic question.
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We have got some mountains to move. Three billion people - half of God's children - are living on less than $2 a day.
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We haven't been doing good Bible study. We have been ignoring the Bible, and we have been conformed to our culture.
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Well, I've said this to Democratic leaders - they often seem to be clueless about religion or faith, or are dismissive or disrespectful.
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Well, it's certainly very appropriate for any Christian to ask, to struggle with a calling, a vocation. I do it. Every Christian does.
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Well, our magazine Sojourner started in 1971. We were evangelical seminary students at the time.
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Well, that's bad theology, and it sounds like our religion. So the two problems are its code language for one constituency, and it changes the meaning of the words.
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What does the heart of God say about the poverty? What does the heart of God say about what justice in the Middle East would really be? That's what we ought to be raising. That's what it means to be an evangelical.
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What is my calling? What am I supposed to do? I think running for office, public office, can be a divine calling. I mean, I've wrestled with that very question myself.
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When evangelical leaders can persuade the president to be concerned about what's happening in Sudan, or sex trafficking around the world, or HIV-AIDS, that's a very good thing. I am completely supportive of that.
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When there is no domestic policy commitment that really puts that faith into action or go to poverty - we weren't saying he shouldn't put his faith into action. We're saying he hasn't put his faith into action when it comes to domestic social policy.
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You can't be evangelical and associate yourself with Jesus and what he says about the poor and just have no other domestic concerns than tax cuts for wealthy people.
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You'll get me in trouble, but I don't think they really are. I don't hear much of the good news. I hear a lot of bad news from them, not much good news about poor people. But I think that's the fear.
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You're asking us to make bricks with straw. You're asking us to somehow do something about poverty, when there's no commitment to doing that in policy.
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