Monday, January 21, 2008

MLK: Contemporary Church "Arch Defender of the Status Quo"

Buddy Christ could probably do better at making this point, but MLK did a pretty good job himself, not so very long ago.
So often 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.
Has anything really changed?

Update: Barack Obama, polled to win big in New Hampshire, was instead narrowly defeated by Hillary Clinton. New Hapshire, incidentally, is the last state in the country to recognize Martin Luther King Day as a holiday.

1 comment:

Bill Villa said...

"Negro leaders sought to negotiate with the city fathers. But the latter consistently refused to engage in good-faith negotiation."

Isn't this always the way ... the over-privileged snubbing the under-privileged. It's a miracle MLK was able to keep things non-violent, in his heart, and in the streets, because Lord knows Bull Connor and his ilk merited a Plan B.