All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men [and women!] do nothing.
- Edmund Burke
Here is a comment I wrote on NewProclamation.com, to hopefully get a discussion started:
A perennial challenge for me is how to preach faithfully about potentially partisan issues. Now, I know our call is to preach the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. But we are also called to preach the law, which reveals our sin and drives us to Christ. It seems to me, that if we confine ourselves to 'personal' sin (though what sin is purely personal?), and ignore corporate sin, then we are being unfaithful to the biblical witness.
For example, I've recently compared the Word Alone Network and the ELCA's websites by searching for some key terms, and here are the number of hits I came up with (keep in mind that the ELCA website is much larger):
"Iraq" Word Alone: 5 (0 sustained reflections on the war) ELCA: 677
"Torture" Word Alone: 0 ELCA: 108
"Refugee" Word Alone: 0 ELCA: 534
"Immigration" Word Alone: 0 ELCA: 508
"Genocide" Word Alone: 1 (in an article comparing homosexual practice to it) ELCA: 97
"Poverty" Word Alone: 21 ELCA: 1730
"Homosexual" Word Alone: 149 ELCA: 247
Based on that list, on what is the Word Alone Network's sustained theological reflection focused? All of those are political issues, and every one that Word Alone ignores is an issue of corporate, national and international action.
So, without descending to partisanship, how do we preach faithfully and prophetically about the life and death issues of the day? If we remain silent in the face of evil social, political, and economic systems, are we not in fact supporting them, and bowing to the golden calves of nationalism, racism, imperialism, sexism, etc.?