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The Common Good

New York Times best-selling author Jim Wallis thinks our life together can be better. In his timely and provocative book On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About Serving the Common Good,, he shows us how to reclaim Jesus’ ancient and compelling vision of the common good — a vision that affects and inspires not only our politics but also our personal lives, families, churches, neighborhoods, and world.

In a recent Sojourners post Wallis notes, “Skepticism is a good and healthy thing… Be skeptical and ask the hard, tough questions about our institutions — especially Washington and Wall Street. But cynicism is a spiritually dangerous thing because it is a buffer against personal commitment. Becoming so cynical that we don’t believe any change is possible allows us to step back, protect ourselves, grab for more security, and avoid taking any risks. If things can’t change, why should I be the one to show courage, take chances, and make strong personal commitments?”

Who’s side are we on? Is cynicism robbing us of courage to make the right choices?