It seems to be assumed that the way we can build a movement in our society is by writing books, building platforms, and then touring around using our amassed social capital to woo large numbers of people to being a part of the movement. This often, it seems to me, leads to a sort of coopted radical space where folks never have to go beyond the figure head who is leading the movement.
Ouch! Now THAT’s a comment that grabs my attention. A verbal hand grenade lobbed at radical Christian authors. But, lest I get too comfortable, not being an author and all, there’s this:
Let’s be honest here: provocative ideas sell. If challenging the ideological status quo was a risky endeavor, dozens of authors (like Noam Chomsky, Shane Claiborne, Naomi Kline, or…to a much lesser degree…myself) wouldn’t have any career at all. Radical ideas matter, but the bread-and-butter of radicalism is radical activity. In other words, radical ideas must submit to radical action.
This draws me into deep self reflection. Am I more words than action? What radical acts have I engaged in lately? Well, I’m reasurred that it didn’t take long for some incidents to bubble to the surface, even from last weekend. But nevertheless, I found Mark’s commentsa very probing.