A Special Note to Jim Wallis Christians

Well, we’ve had our discussions about budgets as moral documents and now have reached a budget deal that went right up to the brink of a government shutdown.

To those friends of mine who are also Christians, but identify more with the left than the right, I have a question for you:  Just exactly what hill was it the Democrats decided they wanted to die on in this battle?  Where did they draw the line and say, “This far and no further!”

It turns out their one adamantine point of no compromise was . . . funding Planned Parenthood.  Wow, that’s a real Mr. Smith Goes to Washington moment.  Gets you right in the old ticker.

I suspect Jim Wallis and Tony Campolo are feeling a little uncomfortable as they review the bidding.

Not that this should come as a surprise.  How many Democrat figures have been down this path and learned that they have to make a choice?  Ted Kennedy was pro-life and was forced by his party’s realities to change.  Jesse Jackson was pro-life.  Same result.  Ditto for one Albert Gore.

There is one orthodoxy in the party of the left that will not brook disagreement.  Bob Casey the elder knew it.  And Ramesh Ponnuru wrote a book about it.


3 thoughts on “A Special Note to Jim Wallis Christians

  1. I do think so. I think many Christians on the left support the Democrats for what they view as compassionate reasons and they try to look at support for Planned Parenthood as an unfortunate consequence of conservatives failing to adequately fund the welfare state. To see the Democrats agree to cutting an extra billion dollars rather than to defund Planned Parenthood is a message Christians on the left haven’t seen quite so clearly before.

  2. I agree with you about Christians on the left. That’s why I was grateful to see you point out exactly what happened last night. You are gracious when it comes to Jim Wallis.

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