George Bernard Shaw wrote a great play about Joan of Arc, how she left her home and inspired the French people to battle against their English conquerors. In one scene young Prince Charles is complaining because Joan, obedient to her heavenly vision, has rebuked his softness and cowardice. With no desire to be a hero, he cries out, “I want to be just what I am. Why can’t you mind your business and let me mind mine?” The peasant girl in her fanatical zeal replies,
Minding your own business is like minding your own body; it’s the shortest way to make yourself sick. What is my business? Helping mother at home. What is thine? Petting lapdogs and sucking sugar sticks. I tell thee it is God’s business we are here to do; not our own. I have a message to thee from God; and thou must listen to it, though thy heart break with the terror of it.
Sometimes a preacher of the Gospel feels like saying that to his people. “It is God’s business we are here to do. You must listen to God’s message though your heart break with the terror of it.” And this is the feeling that has gripped me since a sabbatical half-year in 1970 spent in research and writing on the theology of revolution. There is a message I feel I must share with my fellow evangelicals, a message by no means cheerful or encouraging. Revolution in the United States of America is an ominous possibility within the foreseeable future.
The seriousness of our nation’s situation at the beginning of 1971 can hardly be denied. The country is seething with the potential of revolution, a violent revolution, a bloody revolution, a revolution of guerrilla terrorism, a revolution of sabotage and torture and chaos.
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