I gradually gained a bit of satisfaction from being considered an extremist. Was not Jesus an extremist in love--"Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you." Was not Amos an extremist for justice--"Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." Was not Paul an extremist for the gospel of Jesus Christ--"I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." ... So the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be. Will we be extremists for hate or will we be extremists for love?
–Martin L. King, Jr.
Letter From Birmingham Jail (April 16, 1963)
On January 15 Martin Luther King, Jr would have turned 83 years old. Killed at the age of 39, his ministry and life were cut short after only a few years. Those who cheered when he died - and there were many - thought he had finally been silenced. Yet 44 years later, we still celebrate the man and his message of peace and justice.
Please click to read a BPFNA bulletin insert that can be used Sunday, January 15 as a responsive reading: Faithful Witness - The Testimony of Scripture and of Martin Luther King Jr.
While honoring Dr. King this January, let's all remember why we celebrate the life of this great man. As advocates of peace rooted in justice, we are all called by God to a specific task. In this, we follow Dr. King's example in being a faithful witness.
We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers.
–– Bayard Rustin