Rev. Jim Wallis, in his ongoing crusade to redefine evangelicalism as socialism in clerical robes, is now out there breaking the 9th commandment along with the 8th and 10th.
He advocates trashing the 8th commandment, the one that prohibits stealing, by arguing that the “heart of the gospel” is the forcible redistribution of wealth. This is the system by which the government engages in legalized plunder by burgling the producers to stick money in the wallets of the non-producers.
The gospel surely preaches the redistribution of wealth – as long as it is voluntary. But the involuntary transfer of wealth is theft, no matter who does it, whether a mugger in an alley or the government under threat of incarceration.
Wallis claims to be all about compassion. But where is Wallis’ vaunted compassion for those who have been mugged by their own government?
The mark of socialism is selective compassion, while the mark of Christ is universal compassion. Wallis can hardly claim to be representing Christ when he only wants compassion for people he happens to like.
He also advocates trashing the 10th commandment by coveting and lusting after the property of others. He eyes the prosperity of productive Americans greedily and hungrily and is happy to use the point of a gun to have government take what belongs to his neighbor and give it to his pet projects and people. He takes a grim and utterly un-Christlike satisfaction in using the power of government to rip off some of his neighbors and transfer it to neighbors of his choosing.
You cannot get much more un-Christlike than systematically and publicly urging people to violate two of the principle moral standards of the Judeo-Christian tradition, but Wallis goes even further. He is now openly and unrepentantly trashing the 9th commandment, the one that forbids the telling of lies.
Wallis falsely claims that the Arizona law will result in racial profiling, and that people will be hauled to the curb simply because of the color of their skin. This is a flat-out lie, and Rev. Wallis knows it. And if he doesn’t know it, he ought to quit trying to speak for Christ and other evangelicals until he at least has read the bill he contends takes us back to Nazi Germany.
The law is quite clear that any stop, detention or arrest can only be based on criminal activity. In other words, no individual can be stopped unless they have broken or are breaking the law. It is clearly based on behavior, and has nothing whatsoever to do with skin color. And even then, law enforcement officials can only check immigration status if they have “reasonable suspicion” to question it. Fleeing the stop, failure to produce a valid driver’s license, the presence of 15 passengers in a van or in the trunk, the presence of drugs in the vehicle, all raise “reasonable suspicion” in the minds of all but the willfully blind that something is not right.
Wallis is shamefully, flagrantly and openly disobeying the word of God and is bringing dishonor to the gospel of Christ and the term “evangelical.” It’s time he cleaned the inside of his own cup before trying self-righteously to clean up the vessels of others. He ought to be ashamed of himself. And he ought to stop trying to speak for me and the rest of the evangelical world.
The Moral Liberal contributing editor, Bryan Fischer, is Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association, and is the host of the daily ‘Focal Point’ radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association. ‘Focal Point’ airs live from 1-3 pm Central Time, and is also simulcast on the AFA Channel, which can be seen on the Sky Angel network.