Oscar Romero wrote the following
“A church that does not provoke any crisis,
preach a gospel that does not unsettle,
proclaim a word of God that does not get
under anyone's skin or a word of God that does
not touch the real sin of the society in which it is
being proclaimed: what kind of gospel is that?”
I look at the church of today, nothing has changed since Oscar Romero wrote the words above, the church has lost its voice, any backbone the Archbishops had have been surgically removed once they take up office and returned when they leave this office, why, oh why is it that once many former archbishops leave office they start speaking out, saying what the country, the world needs to hear, only now to fall on death ears.
Clergy sermons are even less inspiring, focusing on the past, not relating to what’s going on now, what spiritual message the word of God is giving us for this time and this place, this generation. Bland and boring, this is what we get. Where have the storytellers of old gone, that’s what we need, people to dig deep into the word, extract the gold hidden within it, speak of its truth as of today.
We need people to preach the gospel so it unsettles the hearer and the speaker, to proclaim the word so it gets under the skin, to speak the Kingdom Come, to denounce all that strives to delay, undermine the work of the Kingdom Come.
The Old wineskin has truly had it, it’s time, time to reimagine, to prepare for the Kingdome Come, the world is looking for spiritual, moral and ethical leadership but the church seems to have lost its way, too committed to structure, institutions, cow-cows too much to those in power over us instead of speaking to power, to hold it to account for it’s wrongs, for how it treats humanity, for its miss-use of wealth and how we treat the world around us.
I’d like to see the church more engaged in social action, to write to those in power over us, bringing them to account for their willful actions, for us to stand up for those without a voice to say, STOP, this isn’t right, to suggest other things to explore for the greater good.
So, church we stand at a crossroads in time, where do we go from here, to explore new ways of being, to usher in God’s Kingdom or do we stick with the old way, the safe way and maybe miss out on an amazing adventure with God?