In 2024

The U.S. is now barely six months away from the 2024 election, and division and extremism seem to be at an all-time high. Race and religion play roles in much of the rhetoric surrounding the coming vote, and whether it’s imposing religion into public schools, dismantling reproductive freedom, or rolling back voting rights, Christian nationalists are stripping away freedoms at every turn.

This week on The State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush is joined by activist and theologian Jim Wallis to discuss the importance of using faith as a guide for seeking truth, and the promise of a multiracial democracy.

“We could become the first genuine multiracial democracy in the world. It’s a wonderful opportunity we have, but it will be answering this question, the one you raised: who is my neighbor? It will be treating people who are different than me as my neighbor. And the title of that chapter is: “Your Neighbor Probably Doesn’t Live in Your Neighborhood. “So how do we reach out to those who are different than us, treat them like a neighbor? And that’s exactly what Jesus did in this wonderful Good Samaritan parable. So the Good Samaritan could help lead us to a multiracial democracy.”

-Jim Wallis, theologian, writer, teacher, political activist, and the founder of Sojourners Community and Magazine. Today he chairs the Georgetown University Center for Faith and Justice and the inaugural Archbishop Desmond Tutu Chair in Faith and Justice at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy. His latest book is titled, The False White Gospel: Rejecting Christian Nationalism, Reclaiming True Faith, and Refounding Democracy.

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