Faith & Co. | Responsibility for Systemic Evil (Jeff Keuss)

Faith & Co. | Responsibility for Systemic Evil (Jeff Keuss)

January 3, 2020 0 By Kody Olson


(gentle music) – In a company situation,
systemic evil happens when systems are put in
place that aren’t challenged when they’re seen as being wrong, but because we assume that somebody else must be taking care of it or somebody else has the
responsibility for changing it, then it’s not my job to care of. And therefore, I remove
myself from the responsibility of the wages of that evil. Right? Somebody else put that
in place, it wasn’t me. I wasn’t the one who did this. This is constantly pushing
responsibility on somebody else. And so systemic evil
happens when individuals do not bear the full
brunt of human flourishing and the job of companies
is to remind every employee that’s a part of their company that their job is to hold the
entire company accountable. We’re limited human beings. You can’t see everything, we don’t know what everybody’s doing, that’s just the nature of work and particularly as
corporations and institutions get bigger it’s hard
to know the full story. But in your corner of the world, are you asking the question, “Is what I’m doing today
in my place of work “and what I’m about
something that’s forwarding “the kingdom of God?” Do I see the possibility
of grace and mercy and reconciliation being given and hospitality being
provided in unique ways and how is this company and
my work doing that today? Every person in every company should be asking that question. Every human being should
be asking that question. And I think that’s how
systemic evil happens. It’s mainly through silence and passing the responsibility
onto somebody else. (gentle music)