Let Freedom Ring

But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
— Amos 5:24

Today as we reflect on the legacy of minister and activist, Dr. Martin Luther King  Jr., I want to urge my fellow Christians to get involved in the community. There is a new movement starting, right now. On January 21st, people will pour into Washington DC from all over the nation to march: opposing tyranny, defending our constitution, protecting the rights of undocumented workers and women. People are ready to fight back after the November election and subsequent legislation.  I plan on being there, for all of it! 

I believe that opposing injustice is my duty as a Christian. How can I claim to love Christ and ignore the mistreatment of my neighbor?  How can I preach the good news of the gospel, and passively watch as my nation's values and protections are dismantled?  

My friends and I from church at the 2017 Women's March on Washington.

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
— Isaiah 1:!7

My daughter is watching me. I want her to see that her mother loved God and expressed her faith through action.  Perhaps my example will stand out when she is an adult and someone tells her to be quiet and focus on Jesus.  Maybe she will remember how I fought and spoke out instead. 

I ask all of my friends, regardless of your faith (but especially Christians),  to reconsider your attitude about “politics”. It is easy to send money to third world countries to fight poverty abroad, and argue about abortion and gay marriage. But what are you doing to protect the rights of the voiceless person in your own backyard? We are called to protect everyone, not just the people we deem as worthy and innocent - not just the unborn, but those who are alive and deserve to not live in fear.

This is an opportunity for us all to participate in history, as we seek to right the wrongs of our nation. Don’t sit out and watch passively. In the end, God is going to ask us all to give an account of our lives. Be prepared. 

We are so fortunate to live in a country where this is even a choice. We are so privileged that sometimes we forget about it entirely. If not for the sacrifices, protests, and the marches led by Christians like Dr. King, we wouldn’t even be able to talk about whether we want to fight. 

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
— Matthew 25:37-40
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