June 22, 2020
February 12, 2021 is the 121st anniversary of the first performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a poem and hymn that has become known as the Black National Anthem. I didn’t know about this song, let alone its position as an anthem, until this year. I keep having moments like this when it comes …
This year I’m striving to help my kids (and myself) make the connection between MLK’s faith and his fight for justice. Not only was he an activist, fighting to overturn overtly racist laws, but he was also a passionate minister of the gospel. He pleaded with leaders of white churches not to be silent about Black peoples’ plight and to courageously stand in solidarity. His faith framed not only his protests but also his non-violent methods of protests. And he remained faithful to proclaiming the truth of God and the dignity of humanity to the very end.
in the beginning, it was good. Before the weeds came up, before people killed one another, before the poor were extorted, it was good. And that goodness is crucial in building an understanding of biblical justice.