In an attempt to process the situation in the Twin Cities the past few two weeks since the killing of George Floyd I have been reading and reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King’s Letter From A Birmingham Jail written in 1963. I think it is inspirational, realistic, hopeful, and calls all of us as Christians to engage in working toward racial justice. I find it is as relevant today as the day it was written.
Here are a few powerful quotes:
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
“Justice delayed is justice denied.”
“The contemporary church is so often a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. It is so often the arch supporter of the status quo. “
“Will we be extremists for hate, or will we be extremists for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice, or will we be extremists for the cause of justice?”
“I hope the church as a whole will meet the challenge of this decisive hour. But even if the church does not come to the aid of justice, I have no despair about the future.”
I encourage parishioners at GA to read and reflect on the direction Letter from a Birmingham Jail can provide for us today. Due to copyright- I ask you do your own Google search to find the full text.