Johann Metz constructed his political theology in the aftermath of Auschwitz. As did Jürgen Moltmann and Dorothy Sölle. It seems that today, political theology is reactionary and constructive — reactionary because the church exists in a world that it does not control and constructive because the church must find a way to situate itself within the world. Any theology that does this, no matter how critical it may be, is not sectarian. To be critical of complicity and to try and find our way that lives the basileia is the task of political theology — out of God, theology, and the church, we find our body politic, our social engagement.
With this in mind, I find no shortage of problems that the church must react to, particularly for those of us who are Americans. And yet, the church, or at least the Christians in America, do not seem to see many issues. Consider torture, among the myriad of problems. The National Religious Campaign Against Torture and organizations like it have helped voice opposition to torture. However, I find in some ways that these non-governmental organizations lack a driving force. Simply, they lack the church as they have tried to fit into the state’s categories and therefore lacks the unparalleled force of ecclesial movement. So, how do we respond to this?