How does one address ill-fitting and unjust systems in family, church and community while maintaining a calm disposition? Isn’t there a necessity for the passion of a prophet, the zest of a zealot, the tenacity of a teacher, the resilience of a reformer to effect change?
When the Apostle Paul counsels the household slaves in the troubled church of Corinth to “remain in the condition you were called?” is he suggesting that they should not rock the boat? (See 1 Corinthians 7:17-24)
Change is constantly necessary if human society is to function as it ought. Paul seems to be addressing where it begins – deep in each human soul. Unless we are free within ourselves, even under the direst circumstances, we are unable to connect sufficiently with others in order to bring about external change.