Moving toward adoption, we are trying to prepare for the children the Lord will place in our family. They could be infants, toddlers, or older. They could be boys or girls. There is a very good chance that their skin will not match ours. Thinking about having an ethnically diverse family is exciting, but I am also recognizing a need for knowledge. Sure, I know the basics about the civil rights movement; I know a little bit about Martin Luther King, Jr. Not enough. I need to know more.
I recently enjoyed reading "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," by Martin Luther King, Jr. As seems fitting on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I want to share a few favorite passages with you:
"Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."
"Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right."
"I have watched many churches commit themselves to a completely other-worldly religion which makes a strange, un-Biblical distinction between body and soul, between the sacred and the secular."
"There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love."
"There was a time when the church was very powerful - in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society."
"The means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek."
My husband and I are currently working our way through the book Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The contributors provide valuable insight for conversations about race and unity in light of the gospel of Christ. If you want to learn or be challenged, you may want to check this book out.
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