The Protestant Reformation was 500 years ago. What needs reform in American religion today?

Source: The Washington Post

This month marks a half-millennium since Martin Luther launched a challenge to the Catholic Church known as the Protestant Reformation, which remade Christianity in the West. To mark the anniversary, The Washington Post asked faith leaders, as well as Post readers: “What do you think needs reforming in the practice of religion in the United States today?”


Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile poses at home on Oct. 23 in Washington. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of the Anacostia River Church in Washington, author and member of the Gospel Coalition, a group of leading American evangelical pastors

Evangelicalism, to be viable in a world of increasing conflict, will need to overhaul its understanding and practice of biblical justice.

The movement needs a reformation in its commitment to the poor, vulnerable, marginalized and oppressed. It needs to admit and repent any complicity in and indifference to oppression. God does not accept the “worship” of His people when they participate in oppression and injustice. Any religious movement that oppresses or mocks the poor insults its Maker.

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