A book that I appreciate is “Exiles” by Michael Frost. Our elders are reading it, as is Jason, our Outreach Coordinator. He sent me this poem from the book (p. 20) that speaks to the challenge facing the church today. It’s worth sharing…
What is, therefore, the task of the [church] today?
Shall I answer: “Faith, hope and love”?
That sounds beautiful.
But I would say – Courage.
No, even that is not challenging enough to be the whole truth.
Our task today is recklessness.
For what we Christians lack is not psychology or literature,
we lack a holy rage.
The recklessness that comes from the knowledge of God and humanity.
The ability to rage when justice lies prostrate on the streets…
and when the lie rages across the face of the earth—
a holy anger about things that are wrong in the world.
To rage against the ravaging of God’s earth,
and the destruction of God’s world.
To rage when little children must die of hunger,
when the tables of the rich are sagging with food.
To rage at the senseless killing of so many,
and against the madness of militaries.
To rage at the lie that calls the threat of death and the strategy of destruction –Peace.
To rage against complacency.
To restlessly seek that recklessness that will challenge and seek to change
human history until it conforms with the norms of the Kingdom of God.
And remember the signs of the Christian Church have always been –
the Lion, the Lamb, the Dove, and the Fish…
but never the chameleon.
— Kaj Munk