“Gratitude for the goodness of life and contrition for its evil, the force of piety and that of spirituality, of optimism and pessimism, must be held in balance if prophetic religion is not to atrophy.
They cannot be held in balance by some abstract principle. The balance is possible only if each is related to every historical situation with some degree of discrimination.
The lack of discrimination has led the church at times to thank God for the order established by government when it should have resisted tyranny; and at other times to express contrition for sins which resulted in injustice, when it should have moved to change the institutions which generated injustice.”
-From “”The Law of Love in Politics and Economics (A Critique of Christian Orthodoxy” by Reinhold Niebuhr, (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1935), 165.