I read this on Curious In Ibiza and it really resonated with me:
“What is, therefore, our task 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 which comes form 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 the 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 to the norms of the Kingdom of God.
And remember the signs of the Christian Church have been the Lion, the Lamb, the Dove, and the Fish…
but never the chameleon.”
Yes, what we need is a holy rage about injustice.
To clarify, I don’t mean a call to arms. God knows there’s already enough violence and selfish agendas in the world (too often in the name of god).
I believe what makes a ‘holy rage’ like this so beautiful is its rejection of the world’s selfish agendas…and its complete drive to help others, no matter what the personal cost. We are called to (figuratively) put down our swords, and take up our crosses. (Literally) Get on our knees and wash feet. Feed the hungry. Clothe the naked. Love the unloved.
There are over 2,000 references in the Bible to poverty and injustice.
So maybe it is time we got a little angrier about injustice. And then put in the hard yards to do something about it.