Every year, Jim Wallis speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. That is where the elite eat, meet, and retreat. Then they go back home and run the world.
Here, the richest and most powerful people on earth meet — about one-third of the 6,000 people who constitute what David Rothkopf has labeled the Superclass. (There are 2,500 in attendance, but several hundred are journalists and speakers who are not part of this class — merely its agents.)
Rev. Wallis has a two-fold calling in life: (1) persuading evangelical Protestants in the name of Jesus that the superclass has too much money, and the U.S. government ought to take most of it away from them; (2) persuading the superclass that if they give a lot of it away voluntarily before the state takes it away, God will approve of them.
Most evangelical Protestants have never heard of him, and the few who have think he is just another social gospel Leftie, which is exactly what he is. The Superclass love to listen to him once a year, because he makes them feel good about their inner lives. They know the world’s governments will not be able to get their money, since they control the governments, so they are content to give a little of their money away to their favorite charitable projects . . . in their wills. They are very much like the rich medieval landholders who gave land to the church or a local monastery on their deathbeds. They like to hear about how pleased a vaguely described, utterly creedless god will be with them on their deathbeds. Rev. Wallis consoles them. He makes them feel good about themselves. So, they invite him back every year.
Jim Wallis plays the same role to them that Harry Emerson Fosdick played for John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who built the gigantic Riverside Church for him, 1925 to 1930. Fosdick served as his pastor until he retired in 1946. Like Fosdick, Wallis preaches what the rich want to hear . . . once a year. He is harmless politically back home, and he is non-confrontational rhetorically in person.
In 2014, he spoke on this topic: “A Leap of Faith: Confessions from Davos.”
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