Churches have begun awakening to social and political injustices, often carried out in the name of Christianity. But once awakened, how will we respond?
Who Will Be a Witness offers a vision for communities of faith to organize for deliverance and justice in their neighborhoods, states, and nation as an essential part of living out the call of Jesus.
Author Drew G. I. Hart provides incisive insights into Scripture and history, along with illuminating personal stories, to help us identify how the witness of the church has become mangled by Christendom, white supremacy, and religious nationalism. Hart provides a wide range of options for congregations seeking to give witness to Jesus’ ethic of love for and solidarity with the vulnerable.
At a time when many feel disillusioned and distressed, Hart calls the church to action, offering a way forward that is deeply rooted in the life and witness of Jesus. Dr. Hart’s testimony is powerful, personal, and profound, serving as a compass that points the church to the future and offers us a path toward meaningful social change and a more faithful witness to the way of Jesus.
“Drew Hart is fast becoming a go-to voice for articulating a practical and prophetic Christianity in our time.”JARROD MCKENNA, award-winning peace activist, pastor, founding CEO of Common Grace, and cohost of InVerse podcast
“Drew Hart has prophetic fire and pastoral grace. He is one of America’s sharpest young theologians. Let this book stir up in you a holy indignation and put a fire in your bones.SHANE CLAIBORNE, author, activist, and cofounder of Red Letter Christians
“Drew Hart helps us reimagine what love must be—and do—in a world desperately in need of God’s justice, true healing, and life-giving good news.”JEFF CHU, cohost of Evolving Faith Conference and author of Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America
“This brilliant public intellectual, preacher, and cultural critic is uniquely gifted to cross denominational, racial, political, and class lines to offer a vision of hope and healing our nation is yearning to hear. Do yourself a favor and purchase this book.”OTIS MOSS III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago
“Drew Hart is an important rising voice in American Christianity. A searching critique of compromised American Christianity and a richly detailed proposal for a better way forward in theology, church life, and social justice practice. I strongly recommend this book!”DAVID P. GUSHEE, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, and former president of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Christian Ethics
“Drew Hart offers us a powerful vision to be a people on the liberating journey. I’m inspired by his depth of insight, social and spiritual analysis, and the demanding—yet accessible—ways he names for living faithfully to God. I highly recommend this book!”RICH VILLODAS, lead pastor of New Life Fellowship in Queens, New York, and author of The Deeply Formed Life
“A must-read—offering a tangible and compelling way forward for everyone who claims to be a follower of Jesus.”GAIL SONG BANTUM, lead pastor of Quest Church
“The most challenging and enriching book that I have read in a very long time—a book brimming over with moral urgency, uncommon wisdom, and spiritual insight.”RICHARD T. HUGHES, author of Myths America Lives By: White Supremacy and the Stories That Give Us Meaning
“Using powerful imagery and a historical framework, Drew Hart challenges the church to roll up our sleeves.”GLEN GUYTON, executive director of Mennonite Church USA and author of Reawakened: How Your Congregation Can Spark Lasting Change
“An excellent, accessible introduction to Christian activism—and, indeed, its necessity—this book is thoroughly biblical, theologically rich, engagingly practical, and tremendously urgent.”MICHAEL BARRAM, professor of theology and religious studies at Saint Mary’s College of California and author of Missional Economics