Online I came across the following quote from Brian McClaren. McClaren is considered one of the more significant evangelical leaders and part of the emergent church movement.
“Christian churches in Europe and North America were deeply involved in colonialism and, until the nineteenth century, deeply involved in slavery. When the church is that complicit in a lot of injustice in this world, I think it becomes harder for them to really face the call of the gospel on them for how they behave in this world. It’s very tempting just to focus on the gospel as something out of this world and after this life.”
I find it encouraging that McClaren acknowledges the church helped perpetuate many of the western world’s greatest injustices by not speaking out against them. Whenever the church is fixated upon things of heaven the church by its silence allows injustice to continue. By willfully remaining silent the church helps perpetuate society’s ills.
The conservative church has gone a step further than remaining silent. The conservative church in the US tied itself to George Bush. They are so tied together that conservative Christians remain silent when his administration has been unjust and committed evils. Though McClaren’s statement is a refreshing challenge to the evangelical church to speak out and strongly fight injustice has for the most part fallen upon deaf ears. Partly becasue he speaks of the church being engaged social justice issues and conversing with secularists McClaran is dismissed as being a liberal.