The White House oil spill commission has said “there was a culture of complacency at BP, Transocean and Halliburton” leading up to the oil spill catastrophe that ravaged God’s Creation and destroyed the livelihoods of many citizens of the Gulf Coast. The tragedy that took place last month in Hungary also exemplifies the danger of the culture of complacency that has infected not only decision makers in companies like BP and the Hungarian Alumina Production and Trading Company, but many of us. Most of us don’t spend too much time thinking about where the raw materials for many of the products we use everyday come from, and we try not to think about the implications of driving our cars around town, or of buying a can of soda or bottle of water from a vending machine until disaster strikes in the form of an oil well blow out or toxic sludge avalanche, and we are reminded that everything must come from somewhere and that we are all connected.
The Bible warns against complacency in Isaiah 32: 9 -11 and Zephaniah 1:12. As the body of Christ, we are called to be people of action. We must be mindful of how our actions or inactions impact God’s Creation and our neighbors around us. We must be prayerful, abiding in God, and we must be outspoken, giving voice to the voiceless at the first sign of injustice.
Let us pray that God will awaken us from our complacency and lead us to where we are called into ministry.