I have posted a reflection on Ezekiel 33:7-11 over on the Political Theology Today blog:
In a society despairing of hope of change, the watchman alerts people to the remaining yet shrinking windows of opportunity and the fact that, even still, the lifeline of God’s grace is extended to us. In a society that takes its life and security for granted and is complacent in its sins, the watchman warns of the potential imminence of judgment, the perils to which we have blinded ourselves, and the imperative of a change of course. In performing this task, watchmen express their own responsibility to and membership of the society to which they are delivering their warnings.
A combination of fatalism and short-termism renders the task of contemporary ‘watchmen’ especially frustrating: either we are presumed to be inescapably caught up in the inexorable flow of a doomed outworking of inevitable disasters, like a slow-motion car crash, or the extreme cluttering of the foreground of our attention obscures any further horizon. Whether people are warning about the necessity of immediate action to mitigate the effects and the degree of anthropogenic climate change, challenging us to attend to the deteriorating state of our public discourse and political culture, alerting people to the rapid rise of toxic political movements and to the existence of profound social injustices, or exposing the moral, social, and ecological unsustainability of our decadent hedonistic individualism, the response almost invariably seems to display unconcerned indifference or abject futility.
Read the whole piece here.