I've just been going through my blog reader this morning, and I am frustrated.
Israel last night suspended its aerial bombardment of southern Lebanon for 48 hours to allow for an investigation into bombing in Qana which killed at least 60 people including 37 children.
Israel insisted it launched its strike on Qana because Hizbollah guerrillas had fired 40 rockets into northern Israel from there, wounding five Israelis.
Next on my Bloglines tour I went to one of the 20-25 professional theologians I follow. Let me check... Yes, they are all academics. You would know a lot of their names. A lot of authors in there. These are smart people that I admire and respect, and I constantly learn a lot from them.
Yet, on a day (or day after) when the above quote can be found in the paper, and, more to the point, the above actions can be found on our planet, not a single one of these theologians is talking about what is happening in the Middle East. Not one. (Yes, its a very small sampling, but work with me on this - this is my world this morning.)
Wait, Let me check again...
Yup. No on is talking about Israel and Lebanon. Come to think of it, no one is talking about Palestine.
No one is talking about Iraq.
No one is talking about Sudan.
No one is talking about HIV/AIDS.
No one is talking about Afghanistan.
No one is talking about global warming.
No one is talking about corporate greed.
No one is talking about the minimum wage.
No one is talking about corrupt politicians and regimes.
No one is talking about starvation and our overflowing garbage cans.
No one is talking about the millions (in their own countries) living below the poverty line.
No one is talking about what it means to be a follower of Christ in this environment, at this time.
Look, I've already said I learn a lot from these smart people, and it's true. But, I also remember hearing the late Stan Grenz say something about theology being for all the community of the people of God, or else it was a waste of time. (God, have I mentioned lately you took Stan too early? Somebody messed up there.)
Some time ago I expressed my own concerns as a new grad student of theology.
Well, all this is just to say that I'm feeling it again this morning.