Freedom and Injustice
Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you. -Deuteronomy 16:20
Freedom and injustice have been at odds with each other throughout our nation’s history.
Our historic and privileged documents promise freedom, liberty and justice for all, yet deny them to many. Dr. King called the American Dream of equality our American Dilemma.
Many abolitionists of the 19th century employed the philosophy of moral suasion to fight the oppressions of slavery and segregation. Their work was to remind those in power of their religious heritages and moral consciences and, by doing so, they hoped racial justice would be achieved willingly and non-violently.
Ultimately, however, sentimental power was not able to bring about a nonviolent revolution or a society free from coercion. The Civil War came instead. The liberal goal of freedom for the slaves was achieved, but through military action rather than through the mutual recognition of the imago Dei.
-Identifying the Image of God, McKanan
This conflict between freedom and injustice in our country remains fought with the weapons of faith, love, and moral strength still often rejected and at odds with violent, hateful, and self-interested speech and actions, as evidenced as recently as this past week.
This day, Dr. King reminds us of the power and necessity of the people of God to continue to offer, display, and proclaim the love of God found in Christ Jesus as the best hope for our nation. I know of no other power by which our hearts and minds may be turned away from ourselves, to justice, for the glory of God.
The church today is challenged to proclaim God’s Son, Jesus Christ, to be the hope of men in all of their complex personal and social problems. –Strength to Love, MLK
David Montague, Executive Director