Author: Roberto Laver
Category: Scripture Engagement, Integrity and Anti-Corruption, Poverty and Wealth
I would like to suggest that the Christian church in general, and evangelicals in particular, are not paying enough attention to, and addressing, the problem of corruption as a main contributor to, among other things, poverty, inequity and injustice worldwide. As Bryant Myers and others have argued, poverty results from relationships that do not work, that are dysfunctional and oppressive. Corruption, particularly when it is endemic, is an expression of a severe dysfunctional relationship in society (particularly in regard to the relationship between the state and society). International development agencies recognize that corruption is the main obstacle to political, economic and social development. While there are major flaws in the secular “anti-corruption” agenda, it is quite significant that the issue has been elevated to the top of the international development discourse. Yet, the church appears to be lagging behind in this fight against corruption despite its enormous moral and social justice proportions. Of course, this is not an easy challenge. The issue is extremely complex and sensitive. Yet there are many ways in which the evangelical church, by itself or in partnership with others, can potentially play a stronger role including advocacy and Scripture engagement. My hope is that this issue will become a mission priority. For reference, I’m attaching an article I’ve written on this subject.