When Should a Canadian Pastor Address an American Social Crisis?
Many Canadian pastors are guilty of sneezing every time our American cousins catch a cold. As Pierre Elliot Trudeau once said, living next to Americans “is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.”1
That we are “affected” by every twitch and grunt cannot be denied; whether we should comment on every twitch and grunt, however, is subject to debate and discernment. In general, the pastor’s sermon content should be drawn from the pages of Holy Scripture. However, there may be rare occasions when the prepared message should be set aside in favour of a pastoral reflection upon significant social and cultural events. When that event takes place in another country, additional caution and prudence is required.
In general it may be appropriate to comment on an American social crisis: Keep reading...