... in his "Letter to a Birmingham Jail" that King sought to correct his religious brethren who chastised him for speaking out about the plights of his day.
" So often," he wrote, "the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an arch-defender of the status quo. 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. But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century." The foundation for Dr. King's message wasn't human rights but divine ones. Like Reverend King, we should be challenging the church to stand for truth -- with a capital T.