Preaching at the Gallows
Posted by dalekuehne on November 30, 2011
Facing the Gestapo in 1944, what would you say?
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 from the knowledge of a 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 madness of militaries.
To rage at the lie that calls the threat of death and the strategy of destruction peace.
To rage against the 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
and the Fish…
Kaj Munk, Danish priest.
He was killed by the Gestapo in 1944 shortly after delivering his sermon.
Facing 2012. What will we say?