Friday, August 04, 2006

James L. Evans reminds me of Jim Wallis

James L. Evans, pastor of Auburn First Baptist, often gets space in my local Anniston Star where he often demonstrates that not all Southern Baptists are lunatics. Today's "The right and left hands of God" begins with the following:

For some time now, groups like the Christian Coalition, Focus on the Family, the American Family Association and the Family Research Council have served as a conduit for funneling a particular political agenda into the hearts and minds of many Christians.

These same organizations have also returned the favor by channeling right-wing religious concerns into the Republican Party. This back and forth has been so successful that in some instances it's hard to tell where the church ends and the Republican Party begins. And from the political side, there are some who think the GOP is “God's Own Party.”

Pastor Evans also reminded me of Soujourners and Jim Wallis. His most recent work, "God's Politics : Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It", earned solid reviews. I've added the book to my "Wish List" and SoJo to Jimi's Jumps. Peace ... or War!