It's not uncommon to turn on the radio on the weekend morning and hear the words of a preacher flowing from your favorite AM station. Earlier this month, there were a few surprises. First of all the minister didn't speak the normal 20-30 minutes. Second, he didn't ask you to send in your contributions. Thirdly, the time slot was one normally reserved for the Democrats response to the President's weekly address.
Now, first things first. I don't like the idea of the opposing party given free time to give a rebuttal. I don't like it with the State of the Union address and I don't like it weekly. The president, now matter what, is still the president of the United States. He is not president of one political party. He is president of all of us.
But back to the preacher's time. Jim Wallis (head of a Washington based Sojourners, a social action organization) was given the microphone. Wallis is the author of a best selling book, "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get it".
During his opportunity at the national audience, Wallis said that "we need serious solutions, not the scapegoating of others." Washington sure has been a place of blame and finger pointing so he is right on target there. "The path of partisan division is well worn" he continued. That too, is true. But now America will wait and see if the new Congress will head for the serious solutions or more scapegoating.
I must admit that the move by Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was a good move. In a party where in very recent history, a pro-life Democrat would not even be given the time at the microphone of the national convention, the move to turn over the weekly address was a good one.
Could it be that the Democrats are realizing that they the social justice Chritians have something in common with them? Maybe with the division amoung the religious community has given the Democrats an opportunity to squeeze in on normally Republican territory.
And with the last two national elections being so close, maybe the Dems realize a few folks changing their vote could mean the difference between majority and minority. Or maybe, referring to the title of Wallis' book, the left does finally get it.