October 10, 2010
Jim Wallis was once thought to be an evangelical. He was a remarkable evangelical because unlike most evangelicals he was a democrat. But as time has passed he has shown himself not only to be liberal in his politics but also in his theology. In this past election he jumped the shark completely by campaigning for pro-abortion Barack Obama.
Now that he has been called out by many theological and political commentators he is falling back on a call for “civility”.
Well, regardless as to how you feel about Wallis, Christians need to not be so worried about civility. Sure, we should not be obscene and we should not be intentionally shocking. But there is nothing unchristian about being quite blunt and confrontational when dealing with someone who claims to be a Christian and yet is straying from the historic biblical faith.
Why is not not unchristian? Because Christ was pretty blunt with the religious leaders of his day that were getting things wrong. For example, Jesus calls the Pharisees a “brood of vipers” (Matthew 12:34). Is that civil? He once said that the converts that were won by the Pharisees would become “twice as much a child of hell as yourselves” (Matthew 23:15).
Sometimes being blunt is exactly the Christian thing to do. Sometimes it is the Christlike thing to do. The fact that Wallis could openly support someone who could not even bring themselves to vote for laws to protect born babies shows that whatever subtle hints that he has been given up until this point have been missed.