Sunday, March 13, 2005

Colson - Wallis Exchange

I found the following recent exchange between Chuck Colson and Jim Wallis very interesting, especially considering Colson's practical credentials. For thirty years he has been helping the most desparate and hopeless in our society, those in prison and their families. When he speaks about the basis for social justice, I listen.

Start with this recent Breakpoint commentary by Colson. Then you can read Jim Wallis' open letter to Colson, in response to this commentary. Finally, read Chuck Colson's open letter to Wallis.

I gotta say, I'm with Chuck.


  1. I'm not surprised that a legalist would agree with a legalist.

  2. I think the real issue that they are debating is two fold. First, what should the government decide is illegal? Second, what should the government compel all citizens to involuntarily pay for through taxes? When you look at it that way the lack of moral equivalence becomes much more clear. Then the next set of questions also become clear. First, what do christians beleive is immoral (this does not necessarily have to equate with illegal- think gossip). Second, what should Christians do with their money (radical generosity especailly to the poor and opressed).