Social justice issues have been important to people for thousands of years. Christianity is a religion rooted in its concern for the welfare of people and the betterment of the world. Sojourners is a Christian organization committed to faith in action for social justice (Sojourners, 2014). This paper includes a description of several social justice issues, including poverty, environmental stewardship, and diversity. Poverty includes hunger and homelessness as issues, and looks at the Christian idea that God will judge based on how a person treats their fellow man. Environmental stewardship, or creation care, is about caring about the world we live in. Diversity issues include racial, gender-based, and other issues such as these. Then, it is explained how each social justice issue has been embraced and handled by Jim Wallis and his organization, Sojourners. The mainstream Christian view on each issue is also discussed, in order to make comparisons between it and the view of Wallis. I look for the possibility that the church as a whole can embrace each issue in order to better reach people. Included also is a brief history of Sojourners, facts about the organization’s founder, Jim Wallis, and what led him to form the organization.
Semester/Year of Award
Michael W. Austin
Philosophy and Religion
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Misleh, Ethan H., "Jim Wallis: Social Justice Through Christianity" (2014). Honors Theses. 166.