Complacency: a feeling of calm satisfaction with your own abilities or situation that prevents you from trying harder.
It is unfortunate that the word complacency is so often hurled, in a rather scornful manner, at people who are unwilling to be political. It connotes a sense of ease and contentment with the status quo. It is a rare thing to hear the word complacency used in a purely positive way; there’s almost always a sense of scolding to it. More often than not, it takes on a political tone, as with large bodies of people who are unwilling to address corruption because it doesn’t really impact them on a personal level.
But as people of faith, I say without scolding, it is crucial that we consider complacency, simply put, as something quite contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ when it comes to basic human rights. And that we confess, repent, and ask for God’s mercy for all the ways that we have been satisfied or failed to confront the status quo because that was the easy way out.
And this is often because we want to avoid conflict; we don’t want to engage in controversy, we fear backlash or angry rhetoric being heaped upon us because we dared to speak out on behalf of those who are marginalized, condemned, or excluded. This is no truer than it is on or around the topic of homosexuality. It is therefore, the clarion call to people of all faiths to address these injustices lest we become complacent. And one more thing; we need to stop referring to discrimination against the LGBTQ community as a political issue because it is not. Because, it is an issue of basic human dignity; an issue that any compassionate person must empathize.
In a sermon preached by D. Curtis Minter, Minter writes: “Oh, it’s a complicated subject to be sure. But it will help us to look at history and remember some of the other issues with which the church has struggled and see how the bible has been used to justify oppression, exploitation, and abuse. Take the issue of slavery for instance. There were those who argued fervently that slavery was part of God’s plan and were armed with countless biblical texts to argue this claim. But these beliefs were being challenged by abolitionists; many who were Christian and who believed with all of their hearts that the institution of slavery was inconsistent with the meaning and application of the Christian gospel.”
As we know, this led to a civil war; all because a small minority of folk refused to be complacent on this matter and who therefore sought an end to the practice of human slavery. These “resistors” were seen as divisive trouble makers even in their own local churches. Well, we know history proved that even proof-texting in the bible was simply not going to cut it and the world saw a paradigm shift.
Here at Plymouth there is not one among us who I would consider a “trouble maker.” What I believe we have here at Plymouth are some very caring people who simply want to do what is right when it comes to practicing hospitality and “being the church” that loves and accepts all people for who they are; namely children of God.
See ya’ in church. Pastor Bob