taking the words of Jesus seriously

With President Trump’s disapproval rating at an historic 54%, it’s not too early for Americans to begin working on behalf of a viable alternative for 2020. It is not a crazy idea to propose that we support a movement to run Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners magazine, for President of the United States. It would be hard to find any leader who is better qualified.


Jim is able to articulate in both spoken and written words what progressive Americans think and hold as moral values. While he is distinctively Christian, his is the kind of Christianity that finds it important to join with both secularists and those of other religions who hold to values that advance universally declared beliefs about justice. He has championed the rights of minorities and especially the rights of the poor for economic equality. Having personal associations with political leaders of both parties he has learned how to engage those of varying agendas in civil and effective ways.


No one can doubt that Jim Wallis, more than any of the rest of us who aspire to positions of leadership, is well versed on the social issues that confront our nation. He not only understands what goes on in the political arena, but he has hammered out clear, easy to understand, carefully defined positions on issues that Americans must resolve.


Each year, Jim has been welcomed to the famous Davos gathering in Switzerland, where the key economists and business leaders gather to analyze and seek solutions to the economic problems that are threatening the well-being of the world’s population. These leaders have invited Jim to address their conferences because he has served as a moral voice calling them to consider the needs of the poor, while promoting policies that could guide what happens with monetary policies in the future.


Jim has been considered a bridge builder by at least one leading magazine, and if there is something our country desperately needs these days, it’s a bridge builder.


Many Americans are looking for a candidate that is not a part of the political establishment and Jim fits their bill perfectly. He has been able to speak prophetically in days past, and now it may be time for him to implement the policies he has advocated for the good of the American people.


Let me know if Jim Wallis for President is a proposal you are ready to support.

About The Author


Tony Campolo is Professor of Sociology at Eastern University, and was formerly on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. For 40 years, he founded and led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization that created and supported programs serving needy communities in the Third World as well as in “at risk” neighborhoods across North America. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the Red Letter Christians movement. He blogs regularly at his own website. Tony and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia, and have two children and four grandchildren.

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