I am presently reading this to review – one of many homiletical texts awaiting attention as I return to this area of study and research after some time away.
The author writes this:
“The mass movements of people have always resulted in complexities and challenges, of one sort or another, for social and political systems bowing under the strain of accommodating newcomers. Given the various crises around the globe that triggered migrations and those complications that result from the movement of people over geopolitical and cultural boundaries, mass migrations invariably propel human effort toward the creation of universal community or beloved community comprised of and affirming the worth of all human beings. Prophetic preaching is one of the ways of urging persons toward universal community.” (p. xi)
In the light of present mass migrations I am not at all sure that they “invariably propel human effort toward the creation of universal community or beloved community comprised of and affirming the worth of all human beings.”
Another option, is that people, both migrants and hosts adopt a stance of particularity critically attacking one another’s cultures in various protectionist stances.
Perhaps what makes preaching “prophetic” is that it actively resists this heightened cultural particularity. More needs to be said, however. For it also seems that such Christian preaching is “sided” – sided with the cause of freedom and justice for all which may mean that it necessarily critiques features of both migrant and host cultures when and where they deny this for themselves and others within and beyond their communities rather than identifying exclusively with one or the other.