Monday, January 18
“Things are different now. 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. 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.”
Excerpt from “The Letter from Birmingham Jail”
Martin Luther King, Jr., April 16, 1963
King’s life serves as a prominent example of someone who appealed to Christian brotherhood to bring about racial justice. Refusing to return violence for violence, King sought to eradicate segregation through peaceful protests in the face of opposition. He challenged the church and the role it played in racial segregation and called on Christians to confront injustice.
Much like his namesake, Martin Luther King, Jr. was a reformer and a revolutionary. Carry on the thoughts and actions of a man who desired, as Dr. Scott Dudley encourages us, to be a movement, not a monument.
Please note that the Church Building will be closed on Monday, January 18, in honor of MLK, Jr. Day.