So many of us in DC are beginning to get a little too used to the grinding partisanship and divides that we often miss good news when it comes through. Yesterday morning, Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners and member of President Obama’s White House faith advisory committee, and Dr. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention and former supporter of President George W. Bush, sat down on on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program to talk about the moral issues facing the 2012 election. Joe Scarborough opens up with a joke, expecting Rev. Wallis and Dr. Land to come into the studio wearing boxing gloves, since they disagree about a lot. But when it comes to fighting global poverty, both Wallis and Land agree: We must maintain our commitments to the world’s poorest people.
On the first clip, Rev. Wallis and Dr. Land talk about how they agree on maintaining America’s commitment to beat back extreme poverty and voice their support for treatable, preventable disease. Then in much of the second clip, both Rev. Wallis and Dr. Land get specific about protecting malaria funding, AIDS funding like PEPFAR, as well as the Millennium Challenge. Joe even gets in on the conversation and connects all these things to the Bible. It’s good stuff and worth a look.