Agent of Change


“What does the world expect from the church?”
A seminary student here in Ecuador asked me that question in a survey. As I thought about it, in the Ecuadorian context, my response was: “Nothing.” The church is not an agent of change here in Ecuador. In my opinion, people expect change from the government, not from the church.
I’ve been reading about the history of the church. During the middle ages, the church was powerful and influential, for better or for worse. The popes and emperors challenged each other for authority. Today, the government controls the schools, the hospitals, and social welfare. The church’s role is spiritual. But are we making changes in the society? Or are we focused just on our internal programs? I fear the later.
And I pray for change, beginning with me.