My students finished reading Letters from Birmingham Jail today, and I had to stop myself from making too many comparisons to today. There was so much that stood out to me, like MLK Jr’s view on just vs unjust laws. All of the laws today trying to force religious groups to pay for abortions would be considered unjust by MLK Jr because he defined it as anything that goes against the morality of one’s faith.
Then he talked about all the unsung heroes who stood up for desegregation even though it meant jail time and excommunication from their churches occasionally. How many of us would do that today? I even asked my union before publishing my books if they could get me fired. I decided the message was too important that it didn’t matter anyway, but how many of us don’t do the “right thing” because of our fear.
Martin Luther King Jr even described the church as a “weak, ineffective voice with an uncertain sound . . . a defender of the status quo.” “. . . the community is consoled by the church’s silent sanction of things as they are.”
How many of our churches are standing up against abortion?
Whoever wins tonight, this issue will need to be fought with us. We need to stand up and say that abortion is not right, and we need to get our churches saying the same thing. Churches today are just as bad as they were back then about accepting the status quo instead of standing on what Jesus said. How many churches preach against pre-marital sex or extra-marital sex? Not many. Our culture has deemed this okay, and our churches, by staying silent, are agreeing.
Perhaps the quote that struck me most though was this:
“I have tried to make it clear that it is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends. But now I must affirm that it is just as wrong, or perhaps even more so, to use moral means to preserve immoral ends.”
As I read those words, the power of the election hit me with full force. This is exactly what is going on in our nation today. So many churches and Christians backed Trump in hopes that he would save the courts. They used immoral means to hopefully attain moral ends. On the other end, we have the Democratic party that has Catholics and others coming forward and declaring abortion a right. They are using their “perceived morality” to convince people that an immoral act is “a right.”
How very interesting that Martin Luther King Jr’s words, which had nothing to do with abortion or this election, describe so nicely our situation today. Perhaps we should remember that “those who do not know History are bound to repeat it” as we are seeing that very thing unfold before our eyes.
As the GOP dies tonight, I hope the new party members will remember these great words of Martin Luther King Jr and will go back to embracing morality for moral ends, as that is the only way to save this country.
Lorana Hoopes is a Christian author who focuses on the inspirational with a touch of romance.Her books are available at Amazon.