Lehman is on the lookout for "acts of contrition" this year, as bankers and other captains of industries are under the spotlight for their role in the financial crisis.
Is the City of God ready to enter the collapsing City of Man? Certainly the latter is beginning to appropriate its language; and that offers us a huge opportunity. Are we able to recognize it, and use it as a "teaching moment?" Are there "bilingual" Christians prepared to enter the halls of finance, listen to the conversations happening there, and explain the original, authentic meanings of these terms? Missionaries can come in all kinds of dress, and not only to people who live in poverty!
ADDENDUM, 1/29/09 On yesterday's Marketplace, I heard the following segment, where Scott Jagow asked about the mood at Davos. Diane Brady replied:
Diane Brady: I think the general mood is a real sense of confusion. There's a sense that there's going to be unprecedented government intervention in the next year, and so there's more CEOs and chairpersons than ever in the history of Davos. There's also more world leaders here, so I think you're dealing with people whose industries have collapsed in a way that they've never seen, and they're trying to figure out what will get the world out of this, nevermind their own companies.
Confusion...loss of control...collapse...just the sort of tinder the Holy Spirit is able to use.