A quote, for your enjoyment:
James intends neither to inflame nor pacify his readers. His bold prophetic content is meant to convict, not enrage; to instruct, not incite. His analysis is honest and his direction straightforward. He does not want to mount a campaign, inspire a movement or lead a crusade. He entertains no grand illusion of changing the system, but has every intention of breaking the world’s powerful hold on the community of faith.
Activism should never become a substitute for Christian thinking. Zeal without knowledge, no matter how well-intentioned, leads Christians astray. There are no quick fixes to social evil or to the evil within. We only frustrate ourselves when we feel we can change the world by marshaling public opinion, sponsoring an economic boycott or marching on Washington. Many evangelicals today are swayed by certain activists who distill Christian commitment down to a few issues. These activists then lead their “forces” against evil, hoping to capture media coverage and public attention.
Seldom do wrong-headed activists see eye to eye on abortion and apartheid, the justice system and the environment, big business and pollution, nationalism and feminism. The selective social agenda produces confusion and partisanship, reflecting a liberal or conservative platform rather than Christian ethics. The American church has substituted left- or right-wing political strategies for the patience James calls for. In the face of grave social injustices, many have neglected the meaning of Jesus’ kingdom ethic.
Many of today’s so-called Christian activists lack the understanding and resolve to endure patiently. The end product of easy-believism, religious individualism and fuzzy relationism is a Christian whose patience is in short supply. When the whole counsel of God is neglected and the principle of the cross is forgotten, bursts of wrong-headed activism are commonplace.
Douglas Webster, Finding Spiritual Direction, pp 144-5, commenting on James 5:7-11.