“While the intentions might be good, moralizing worry distracts from the real goal by turning people’s attention inward to their own emotional states, rather than outward onto the problem,” writes Julie Beck in a piece for The Atlantic.
Worrying about a problem is not the same as taking action to fix it. For leaders in churches, this means that it is never enough to simply teach or preach about social injustice or climate change or hunger without providing a path to action. Stoking outrage and anxiety for their own sake is not good leadership.
I talk a lot when I preach about the things that worry me. I don’t think I talk enough about the things I’m actually doing about them.