Pastoral Thought


            I heard a fellow pastor speak eloquently last week at a monthly breakfast meeting. He was Dr. Christopher Bullock of Calvary Baptist Church, also former president of New Castle County Council. A few of his phrases were very telling:


      “We have an unparalleled educational crisis in urban sectors…”

      “(we need) a vision of inclusion for our nation not exclusion…”

      “Have we been oversold and put too much stock in what technology can do?”

      “(We have) not a Justice System but an Injustice System. America has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s incarcerated population.”

      “The Black family system must be repaired and the criminal injustice system reformed…”

      “Are the doors of the church closed to the disinherited, disenfranchised and downtrodden?...(we should) welcome and serve the Haves, the Have-a-littles, and the Have-nots…”


            These words are worth repeating here.

            His rhetoric soars, but it does touch the problems in our nation that come—not from the wrong doing of individuals—but from the collective unwillingness of all of us citizens, to change the systems which produce the injustice. Some of it requires governmental action, some requires individual acts of hope and courage.

            Some more on this next week.          

Father John Hynes