By Andy Hale
Pastors face a tremendous challenge in our current religious climate. An essential question must be asked, “Do I speak my theological convictions on the growing injustices in America or do I preach a catchy sermon on the safe lectionary text with a few cute illustrations and three simple points?”
The answer to this question has consequences.
If a pastor chooses the former, he or she could find themselves in a hotbed of riled select members, the scapegoat for a mass exodus of members, or faced with the unfortunate task of updating his or her résumé.
If a pastor chooses the latter, he or she could find themselves leading an apathetic, compassionless, or Gospel-irrelevant congregation.
“What began as a quiet rebellion of mourners soon grew into a movement that inspired collective, ‘embodied’ noncompliance with the status quo,” said Robin Meyers, author of Spiritual Defiance and CBF…
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