“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Mat 7.1)
History is a form of judgment. It is not purely descriptive but prescriptive as well. In it we try to evaluate how our forefathers performed their tasks and duties. Nevertheless, we too will be judged by our descendants. They will ask what we have done well, and what we have done badly. It is easy to point out how our ancestors in faith got it really wrong in slavery and colonialism, but I guess those fingers will haunt us back. Thus it is perhaps prudent and wise to ask those questions today. What do you think the future church will damn us for our failure to attend them today? I suspect in the future we will be condemned for our indifference towards injustice and social ills. I fear that we will be denounced for our silence to incessant exploitation of the earth. I gather that we will be lamented for our sectarian and escapist impulses.