Allan Aubrey Boesak on Christian Hope

Hillside cross near Kemsing

For Saint Augustine, Hope was not the product of that hypocritical, hand-wringing Christian quietism that so many in the church have acquired and made into a spiritual skill: standing idly by, crying “peace, peace” where there is no peace, while the earth is being ravaged and God’s people are being destroyed by greed, selfishness, and rapaciousness.  That Christianity, in a perverse understanding of reconciliation, seeks to remain piously neutral while the battles of life and justice and truth are raging across the earth, straining to please the powerful and pacify the oppressed, and calling it “creating hope.”  That Christianity turns its back on the suffering we ourselves have caused while mouthing pious phrases, our eyes directed toward heaven but our feet awash in the blood of the innocent.  Nor is hope the result of the Christian triumphalism that is so rampant today, certain of every victory, not because we share in the powerless, vulnerability, and suffering–and hence the victory of the cross–but because we have made common cause with the privileged and powerful, wielding our Bibles like weapons of mass destruction against those whom we have made vulnerable.

— Allan Aubrey Boesak, Dare We Speak of Hope: Searching for a Language of Life in Faith and Politics, 49.