“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
from Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Steeped in scripture in the Baptist tradition as you listen and read Dr King’s words it is unquestionable that he was not only deeply grounded in scripture but unequivocally compelled to respond.
We also are a people steeped in scripture. As is clear in our Baptismal Covenant, grounded in scripture, we, too, are compelled to respond.
It is not only critical, but theologically foundational to understand that it is out of our scriptural grounding that we are called into God’s mission to bring forth an end to all injustice: Scripture begets Mission begets Justice.
As you read this quote from Andrea Walker writing about Dr. King it is clear in my opinion what he embodied: Scripture – Mission – Justice.
“His technique was known as a non-violent resistance, using love, prayer, and speech as direct action against physical violence. King taught love instead of hate, kindness instead of aggression. The act of nonviolent resistance displayed the protester’s courageous will to bring peace and dignity to the nation.”