"Why I Support #OWS as a Reformed Theologian": My Most Recent Publication
Maybe some of you may remember my "Nein!" to Robert Grow concerning #OWS.
Those of you who DO remember may be interested in hearing that thinking on these matters has continued, and that it has born fruit in an article published recently in Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice, a publication maintained by the PC(USA). The article is entitled, "Why I Support #OWS as a Reformed Theologian", and while some of the material from my response to Grow found its way into this article, there are significant amounts of new material as well.
In my estimation, #OWS raises profound questions for American society - indeed, for Western society as a whole. The church, and especially its theologians and pastors, would be foolish to ignore it. I'll leave you with part of my conclusion. You'll need to surf on over to read the article in full.
In our nation today, it is #OWS that calls our society back to a concern for social justice, for taking the side of the poor and oppressed and standing with them against the privileged, and who remind the church of its responsibility for faithful and active covenant relationship with God. Karl Barth, perhaps the greatest Reformed theologian since John Calvin, once wrote that “God may speak to [the church] through Russian Communism, a flute concerto, a blossoming shrub, or a dead dog. We do well to listen to [God] if [God] really does.” Whether you prefer to think of #OWS as Russian Communism, a flute concerto, a blossoming shrub, or a dead dog, I believe that the Reformed tradition shoves us rudely toward the affirmation that #OWS is where God is speaking to the church in this time and place. This certainly does not mean that the church must now proclaim the gospel of #OWS. Indeed, that would be a very serious mistake. But #OWS reminds the church of something that it has forgotten, namely, that faithful and active shouldering of covenantal responsibility in relationship with God ineluctably involves love of neighbor by taking the side of the poor and oppressed and working in our society for justice.==================================