Oscar Romero Has Something to Say

On days like today I turn to the mothers and fathers of my faith who lived through similar moments. In turning to Oscar Romero (August 15, 1917 – March 24, 1980), a man who knew extraordinary political social upheaval, I remember the price he paid, including his life. He experienced a great deal of blowback holding to social implications he believed the gospel demanded of Christ-followers. He faced judgement from inside and outside the Church, contending with delusion, conspiracy theories, blame shifting, and alternative facts every day. He was branded by some to be a heretic. Many decades later his words and work would prove his critics unwise. Today I read one of his sermons. In it he says (and I will type it as printed):

“Those who have listened to me here in church on Sundays
with sincerity,
without prejudices,
without hatred,
without ill will,
without intending to defend indefensible interests,
those who have listened to me here cannot say
I am giving political or subversive sermons.
All that is simply slander.
You are listening to me at this moment,
and I am saying what I have always said.
What I want to say here in the cathedral pulpit
is what the church is,
and in the name of the church
I want to support what is good,
applaud it,
encourage it,
console the victims of atrocities, of injustices,
and also with courage
disclose the atrocities,
the tortures,
the disappearances of prisoners,
the social injustice.
That is not engaging in politics;
this is building up the church
and carrying out the church’s duty
as imposed by the church’s identity.
My conscience is undisturbed,
and I call on all of you:
Let us build up the true church!”

~ September 10, 1978

About Fred

I am a follower of Jesus, husband and father. I am a son, brother, friend, multi-vocational pastor with Williamsburg Christian Church, TEDx alum, ethnographer, community organizer, published author, founder and president of 3e Restoration Inc, and adjunct professor at Rochester University and Regent University. I received my B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and my Masters of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester University. I am currently working toward my Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology at Northern Seminary.
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2 Responses to Oscar Romero Has Something to Say

  1. bishopdfaith says:

    FYI: I do print these & include them with the worship guide and message manuscript for those but I visit as well as for those that I drop off. Thanks for leading us this morning and Garrett‘s place. It was thought-provoking and good timingGiven the events of the past couple days. I am enjoying reading the psalm daily from the message version. I hope that G is OK. Peace, Dave

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    • Fred says:

      I am grateful you do, bro. My hope always is that these posts are encouraging and at times, even thought-provoking. G had something going on this morning with his kiddos and asked me to cover. I’ve got to say, praying and reading a Psalm a day has been a sweet balm for my soul. It has also been good for us as parents. I am not sure I would have walked my son through the likes of Psalm 5, 6 and 7 had it not been our ‘assigned’ reading!

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