Jim Wallis, of Sojourners and author of God’s Politics blogs his prayer and lists others’ prayers for our President-elect. However you feel about him, the prayers and comments are stimulating and a window into the interface of government and faith-based communities in our country.
Dear President-elect Obama,
I am sending you some wonderful memos, letters, and reflections on what your election means, and what people’s hopes and prayers are for you—from an amazing array of moral and religious leaders from America and around the world. Some of my favorite pieces of their advice include: looking after your soul, loving your family as an example to the rest of us, keeping your intellect connected to your instincts (from Bono), and reading the 25th chapter of Matthew once a week as a reminder of the impact of your decisions on those who Jesus called “the least of these.”
My advice to you is about your administration’s relationship to the faith community. We haven’t seen many good models recently, from either party, about how a White House relates to religion and religious communities. I think you could do better. We need to do more than merely having chaplains in the corridors of power, or religion functioning as a power bloc within a party to legislate its own narrow agendas, or mere photo-ops at prayer breakfasts for faith leaders at the White House. I think we all can do better.
Let me suggest another model, and let’s call it “the two-way street.” Click here to read the whole article.