I have made some pretty awful attempts today at writing about Martin Luther King, Jr. I annually reflect on Letters from a Birmingham Jail on this weekend. I have a really long post I pounded out as I reflected not only on Dr. King’s words but the events of this week concerning immigration. That didn’t go well.
Desiring to reflect on Dr. King’s words because they still speak to the white church today, I leave it with this comment from Dr. King in his letter:
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. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s often vocal sanction of things as they are.
And this one:
But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If the church of today does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authentic ring, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. I meet young people every day whose disappointment with the church has risen to outright disgust.
And this thought from me yesterday:
It is my hope that somehow we finally wake up and realize even if some people said this was about “illegal” immigrants… it is not. It is about immigration. Period. And it’s getting disgusting. THIS I warned about.
Please spend time reflecting on Dr. King’s powerful words over this weekend. GO HERE for the full letter.