Chuck Chalberg of the Democracy Project carries a review of Jim Wallis's book God's Politics: Why The Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Just Doesn't Get It. I heard about this through Andy Jackson's Smart Christian Blog and it's also being talked about at Stone's Cry Out, Mere Comments, and the Seventh Age.
It's a pretty thorough and even brutal fisking of Wallis and the book as a whole, and let me say up front that I share Chalberg's views. But, since it comes from a right wing political slant, I'm afraid that Wallis and those on the political left will cry foul. But if they cry foul they will have missed the most important point, and I am afraid that those on the right will miss that same most important point if they get too carried away with high fiving each other after reading this review. The most important point is in the first paragraph, and it applies equally to the political right and left:
Jim Wallis may not like this. He may even be shocked to read this. But here goes. He could benefit by emulating Jerry Falwell less and G.K. Chesterton more. Nearly a century ago G. K. Chesterton asked “what’s wrong with the world?” His answers included the usual suspects among the universal “isms,” especially socialism, feminism, capitalism, and imperialism. But his first and last answer was always the same: “I am.” If only Jim Wallis would be tempted to give a similar answer. Instead he’s busy telling us what’s wrong with everyone and everything else. Apparently things like that befall those who carry the special burden of claiming to know “God’s politics” and believing that they have discovered a third way.
I try to stay out of politics in my blogging for three reasons. Reason number one is that I don't know enough about modern politics, politicians and political parties to add anything of substance to the debate. Reason two is that of the 11 million weblogs tracked by Technorati, there must be ten and a half million talking politics. For me to write on politics would be like turning on a fan in a hurricane - it wouldn't matter much. But third, and most importantly, I subscribe to Jacques Ellul's notion of the political illusion: