Denouncing racism from the pulpit is not courageous in most places in contemporary America, at least no more courageous than denouncing greed or idolatry. Preaching a sermon that condemned the Alt Right and the KKK on Sunday was a routine homiletical task, something Saturday’s marches in Charlottesville demanded but not something that took a great deal of courage.
Honestly, should I have any reason to fear that, in a progressive church in downtown Chicago, condemning neo Nazis was going to cause controversy?
The courageous sermons required of us preachers today are the ones that address the racism that doesn’t march through the streets, the kind we’ve grown accustomed to and comfortable with, the ones on the lower two thirds of this chart.
An anti racism sermon this Sunday took basic sense, not courage.