Quote of Note #26: Politics of Loving My Neighbor

Lancaster, PA; photo by GAC

“This most fundamental teaching of faith flies right in the face of all selfish personal and political ethics that put myself always before all others: my concerns first, my rights first, my freedoms first, my interests first, my tribe first, and even my country first — ahead of everybody else.  Self-concern is the personal and political ethics that dominates our world today, but the kingdom of God says that our neighbor’s concerns, rights, interests, freedoms, and well-being are as important as my own.”

Jim Wallis, On God’s Side:  What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About Serving the Common Good.  Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press/Baker Publishing Group, 2013, page 6.


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