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To Leaders in 2018: Why You Must Lead Us in Lament (and How)

As church leaders look to words like joy, peace, love, and hope in this first month of the new year, I pray we will all see that in order to walk toward the most robust definitions of such words, we must first walk toward lament. We must deal with our past that has brought us to where we are as the Evangelical Church of America. We cannot just shrug off last year while saying, “We’ll do better this year.” I’m asking Christian leaders to make room for authentic hope by giving up on counterfeit positivity. Shalom Requires Lament Shalom—that alternative spiritual community that sees every human flourish—is ultimately what we are hoping to usher in as Christians. But as Soong-Chan…
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