Head of Church Public Affairs on Glenn Beck and caring for the poor

Q:Fox News commentator Glenn Beck claims that faith-based calls for "social justice" are really ideological calls for "forced redistribution of wealth . . . under the guise of charity and/or justice," and that Christians should leave their churches if they preach or practice "social justice."

Rev. Jim Wallis disagrees, saying social justice is a faith-based commitment "to serve the poor and to attack the conditions that lead to poverty," central tents of the teachings of Jesus and at the heart of biblical faith.

Who's right? How does the pursuit of justice fit into your faith? Is 'social justice' an ideology or a theology?

I have met both of these men just once.

I found Glenn Beck - despite the image generated by the entertainer, the hype and the passion - to be a sensitive and decent man who has struggled mightily to overcome problems in his own life. He is not an uncompassionate man. He is not an enemy to the poor.

Jim Wallis is a man with boundless empathy for the poor and disadvantaged. He is a Christian to the core, and he lives it. I admire any man who selflessly devotes his life to lifting those less fortunate than himself.

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