Chris Rice reflects on three current tests of our fidelity to the gospel, posed by the "giant triplets" of evil identified by Martin Luther King, Jr as militarism, materialism, and racism:
First, militarism: the alarming trend of addressing conflict through violence as default mode rather than last resort, seen in a U.S. war in Iraq and Afghanistan, engaged and deepened with precious little debate within churches. The violence of the two-thirds world is in the open. America’s is hidden and distant (including in our broken urban communities), and the danger is not to see and feel and wrestle with the trauma.
Second, materialism: an oil well spilling out a catastrophe in the Gulf from a human-made volcano cultivated deep in the sea to feed
Finally, the issues pressed by the immense wall at the U.S./Mexico border have their political complexities. But for Christians the primary question is not legal but theological. The wall raises the question of who “my people” are and the relationship of baptism to nationalism and other identities....
See the rest of "The War, the Well, and the Wall: A Time to Break Silence," posted June 18 at the God's Politics blog.