Something has been very heavy on my mind this week. Except for a few, the Black church has been very quiet concerning the political and racial climate of our nation at this time. I say the Black church because as we have seen by the actions of the president of Liberty University, that many evangelical, conservatives are quite pleased to have someone to speak their minds for them even if that speech reveals them to not have the mind of Christ.
But what is to be the stance of those of us who do have the mind of Christ? Are we not to publicly express our concerns, opinions and indignation? Do we maintain our pious silence while the Ku Klux Klan raises its ugly head once again with no fear of retaliation or retribution? Are we to be comfortable while the same rhetoric that Hitler used to poison the people’s minds in establishing his Nazi regime, be spewed out like venom in this nation’s presidential race?
What is to be our role as the salt of the earth and the light of the world, as Jesus so aptly referred to those who are His disciples? He told us that our light is to shine like a city that is sitting on a hill. He also said that our lights are not to be placed under a basket, but in the open for all to see and in so doing, our good works would bring glory to the Father.
Perhaps the churches stance is the separation of church and state. That was Madelyn O’Hare’s stance when the nation mandated that prayer be taken out of our schools. But we can’t claim that stance because to my knowledge the church did not support that mandate. Like now, we didn’t support it but neither did we publicly oppose it. We were silent and just let it happen.
Jesus told us to render to Caesar the things of Caesar. Paul in addressing that same matter of paying taxes tells us to support the government with our taxes. There is no separation of church and state here and neither was the present interpretation of that phrase the intent of Thomas Jefferson. He was stating that religion cannot and should not be mandated by the state.
But I digress. My non-rhetorical question remains, what should be the role of the church in the present climate of our nation?
As Edmund Burke stated, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”