Preaching Justice Prophetically

Labor in the Pulpits/on the Bimah/in the Minbar One point of preaching is to wake us up to what God is doing in the world. To point out where the Kin[g]dom is breaking in, make known the justice and mercy of God for the whole world, and our part in it. Remind us of our power for tikkun olam, continuing the work of creation that God began in the beginning, healing the brokenness around and within, by the power of God. It’s not to beat us over the head with what terrible sinners we are (even when that is so apparent we’d rather hide the elephant in the room than name it), but rather, as I heard often in seminary, to ‘comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.’

Labor Day weekend is another one of those times when not to speak as God’s prophets is to hide ourselves as we did in the Garden of Eden, to deny our God’s connection to the whole of the world. Whatever we say about God, it must effect the way we live in the world, or else we become like Pharaoh whose heart was hardened against Moses and God’s people no matter what plagues and other messages about their suffering were brought to him.

If you need resources, speakers, Scripture studies, to prepare for Labor Day weekend, giving voice to the witness of laborers in your place of worship, do not hesitate to contact us about speakers (top of page, click 'contact') and to connect to the Interfaith Worker Justice page for further brainstorming: Their website has resources for Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist, Jewish, and Muslim people of faith. As the IWJ call to action has stated: "During Labor Day weekend we honor the sacredness of work and inspire one another to take action to raise the wage and make sure all workers are treated with dignity and respect at work."