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Elephant in the Church

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No statement, theological or otherwise, should be made that would not be credible in the presence of burning children. Irving Greenberg

No statement, theological or otherwise, should be made that would not be credible in the presence of caged children and youth.  


This quote, which I originally found in Hall, Christian Antisemitism and Paul's Theology, is a timely reminder that silence,  too, is not a credible statement in the presence of the brutal treatment of young children on U.S soil. Texas soil. 
The churches I attend and sermons I hear don't mention the brutality we inflict on others, many of whom are also brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. But churches need to ask, is our worship and preaching credible? Is silence a substitute for justice? 
Tex Sample's cultural analysis of the cultural middle is relevant here. Cultural middle congregations live out of what Sample termed "explanatory theology," a descriptive phrase limiting faith to those problems that can…