Jim Wallis, Sojourners, and the Gravy-Train
I recently heard a radio interview with Jay Richards, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and a leading proponent of intelligent design. But when I heard Richards he wasn’t talking about science, but rather, leftist politics. Richards has written a fascinating article on Jim Wallis’ organization, Sojourners, and where they get their funding (read the article here). It turns out, as you might have suspected, that Sojourners receives quite a bit of money from far-left organizations, foundations, and individual donors. It also turns out that much of their money comes from expressly secular foundations. We should find this interesting, not because it changes any of the advocacy work that Sojourners participates in, but because it demonstrates what any cautious observer has known all along: Sojourners is not a non-partisan organization.
For years Wallis has been trying to convince Americans that he is not tied to a political party or ideology; that he is simply speaking God’s truth. But apparently secular foundations, who may or may not care about God’s truth, have figured out that Wallis and Sojourners are very useful pawns for their own ideologies. Try as he may to convince us otherwise, Wallis remains a stalwart for the far-left, not a non-partisan advocate for “God’s politics.”
Let me end by recognizing that organizations on the religious right probably also receive funding from less than honorable sources. The point here is not simply to bash on Sojourners. The real issue is that the American church has fallen prey to the hyper-ideological divisions that exist in our country, and no one, right or left, should use a little God-talk in order to justify their own extreme agenda.