8 – Desmond Tutu
“Forgiving and being reconciled to our enemies or our loved ones are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not about patting one another on the back and turning a blind eye to the wrong. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes make things worse. It is a risky undertaking but in the end it is worthwhile, because in the end only an honest confrontation with reality can bring real healing. Superficial reconciliation can bring only superficial healing.”
4 – Oscar Romero
A church that does not provoke any crisis, preach a gospel that does not unsettle, proclaim a word of God that does not get under anyone’s skin or a word of God that does not touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed: what kind of gospel is that?
1 – Walter Brueggemann – from the book Prayers for a Privileged People (The Noise of Politics)
“We watch as the jets fly in with the power people and the money people, the suits, the budget, the billions. We wonder about monetary polices because we are among the haves, and about generosity because we care about the have-nots. By slower modes we notice Lazarus and the poor arriving from Africa, and the beggars from Central Europe, and the throng of environmentalists with their vision of butterflies and oil of flowers and tanks of growing things and killing fields. We wonder about peace and war, about ecology and development, about hope and entitlement. We listen beyond jeering protesters and soaring jets and faintly we hear mumbling of the crucified one, something about feeding the hungry, and giving drink to the thirsty, about clothing the naked, and noticing the prisoners, more about the least and about holiness among them. We are moved by the mumbles of the gospel, even while we are tenured in our privilege. We are half ready to join the choir of hope, half afraid things might change and in a third half turning to you, and your outpouring love that works justice and that binds us each and all to one another. So we pray amid jeering protesters and soaring jets. Come by here and make new even at some risk to our entitlements.”
4 – Martin Luther
“Next to the word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. It controls our hearts, minds and spirits. A person who does not regard music as a marvelous creation of God does not deserve to be called a human being; he should be permitted to hear nothing but the braying of asses and the grunting of hogs!”