How the Spirit is moving through the interstices of civic life has been on my mind as I have been sitting through hours of testimony at Houston City Council, punctuated by chanting crowds, finally culminating in a vote on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance this past week. The place of religion in America will become increasingly up for debate. How we as Christians engage capitalist Houston and each other is as challenging for us as the effort was for the Confessing Church in Germany to remain faithful as their brothers and sisters in the faith adopted the easy rode of the German Church.
This Sunday we will hear again how the Spirit comes in a violent rushing and with fire. Things can get hot when the Word is spoken. My hope is that we will all have the courage to speak the Word and not be mute, just because it is easier or expedient.