church pollution

Most evangelical pastors agree that the church’s eternal mission should not be affected by political crises.

“I particularly am of the point of view that we cannot pollute our missions as a church by temporary societal causes,” said Peñalba. “We have to learn to live in the new reality being salt and light.”

(from article in Christianity Today)

**Peñalba is the pastor of a large evangelical church in Tegucigalpa

My observations:

church in temporary societal causes = polluted church missions = not being salt and light ??????!!!!!!!!!

being salt and light = learning to live in a new reality??????!!!!!!!

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. Matthew 5:13

temporary societal causes in Honduras right now = power struggles, human rights issues, issues of violence, civil disobedience, peaceful demonstrations, government and more

Here are some famous words of another pastor who had a totally different world view.  A world view that understood that the mission of the church was seeking the shalom of the greater community, which was very much tied up in the temporary societal issues of the 50’s and 60’s in the US.  I’m glad he didn’t decide to accept to “live in the new reality”, which was one of hatred, racism and oppression.

A riot is the language of the unheard.

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.


I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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