By Jake MacAuley - Posted at The American View:
Published January 16, 2018
This week, while many Americans commemorate equal rights champion Martin Luther King Jr., I took the time to read my old copy of Letter From a Birmingham Jail. I have always been so impressed by his writing prowess, and like my hero, the Apostle Paul, he did this from a primitive jail cell in Alabama.
He emphasizes the Declaration of Independence and demands for more Christlike action from the professing Christian Church with statements such as:
“There was a time when the church was very powerful…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.
“By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests. Things are different now… Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s silent — and often even vocal — sanction of things as they are.”
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