In a recent article published in Asia Times Ellen Brown characterizes as “a saving grace” the Japanese government’s resistance to privatizing its public bank. If public banking is a saving grace, presumably we, who affirm that grace is saving, ought to support it. In doing theology we will perhaps also want to ask whether or not we concur with this (or any) spiritual characterization of a secular public policy.
This new approach involves conceiving of conflict in a very different fashion and acting accordingly. However, it offers real hope and is not so unknown to us as we may at first think.
Terrorism . . .
In response to attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon, the United States has declared war on terrorism. How are Christians to respond? The following materials are offered to help Christians face this challenge to their faith.
Sermons . . .
Deliver Us from Evil 9 March 2003
As Christian Citizens 6 October 2002
Whose Promised Land? 28 July 2002
One Nation Under God? 21 July 2002
From Call to Repentance (a dialogue sermon)
Bob: Christian faith require us to face our complicity in evil, rather than simply attributing evil to those who are easily identified as evildoers. In faith, rather than judging others, we are called to ask how we have contributed to the circumstances in which others have done evil.
Sarah: You mean we might bear some responsibility for crime and terrorism?
Bob: That’s right. Crime in our cities is partly a reaction to our complicity in a society that values greed and materialistic life. And the terrorist attacks on America are partly a response to our indifference to the suffering and humiliation resulting from the expansion of American power and wealth in the last quarter of the twentieth century.
Sarah: Surely, criminals and terrorists should be held responsible for their actions.
Bob: Absolutely. But as American Christians, we are called to confess our sin — for depleting the earth’s resources for our own convenience, for ignoring the injustice suffered by so many millions of the earth’s peoples, and for not supporting justice through international law and global cooperation. We are called to confess our sin, to receive God’s forgiveness, and to repent by doing all we can to preserve the earth and to support the rule of law throughout the world.