In the early 1960s, at the height of the civil rights movement, a group of white ministers issued a public statement urging Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the name of the Christian faith, to be more patient in his quest for justice and to relax the relentless struggle for civil rights.
King’s response came in the form of the famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” In the letter, King indicated that he had received similar requests for delay, indeed, that he had just gotten a letter from a “white brother in Texas” who wrote, “… It is possible you are in too great a religious hurry … The teachings of Christ take time to come to earth.”
Dr. King replied that such an attitude stemmed from a sad misunderstanding of time, the notion that time itself cures all ills. Time, King argued, could be used for good or for evil. Human progress, he said, is not inevitable, but rather …
“… it comes through the tireless efforts of men and women 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.”
King knew that complete justice must await the coming of God.
Thanks to Thomas G. Long for sharing. Thanks to Jon Tyson for the photo.
Do YOU feel that the teachings of Christ take time to come to earth? Do YOU feel that without the tireless efforts of God and men and women, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation?
YOU WERE MADE BY GOD AND FOR GOD. UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND THAT, YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER MAKE SENSE!!
This is a good message to share on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. TreatsfortheSoul.org. You can also listen to it on my Podcast.