The Rev. James Forbes, a senior minister emeritus of The Riverside Church, says that pastors need to not only tend to their flocks, they need to be the prophetic voice of a "longing God who wishes that all of my children will be fed, that they will have clothing, that they will have shelter." In an interview at the Democratic National Convention, he asserted that the clergy has an obligation to such a calling and responsibility. "If we don't do it, we forfeit the right to call ourselves the prophetic and even pastoral representative of high heaven," Forbes says.
Check out the ON Scripture article, "Is It Possible to Govern 'Biblically'? Mark 10:35-45."