Listen to the entire speech here.
Powerful. It will take more brave women and men among us all to combat the rising racism and lack of compassion for others in our country.
"all the Christians and all their ministers who spoke to late in the anguished cries against violence....a mass of intolerance and bigotry....by the defense of an already dead institution...Birmingham is not a dying city. It is already dead." This may be an over simplification, but I read this yesterday morning and a reminded of it this morning; "...the letter kills but the Spirit gives life." and it applies to law itself. It is as if the entire U.S. is built on the letter of the law, as is the church. They are both are operating on the wrong model and Charles Morgan saw that. This stands as a reminder to us all and to those who will follow after us, just as Jesus said the Holy spirit would come and remind us.
Apparently God is not impressed with our fancy churches and high attendance on Sunday if we fail to meet his requirements and be ready to walk with Him in our daily lives. Note the hyperbole in Micah's description of the sacrifices the Lord rejects. The children of Israel expected their sacrifices to justify themselves even as they failed to meet His primary requirements. Note further the order of the requirements, with doing Justice coming before loving Mercy. Mr. Morgan's plea for racial justice is certainly Biblically based and applicable to all who call upon His Name.
6 Wherewithal shall I reach the Lord, and lay hold of my God most high? shall I reach him by whole-burnt-offerings, by calves of a year old?
7 Will the Lord accept thousands of rams, or ten thousands of fat goats? should I give my first-born for ungodliness, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 Has it not been told thee, O man, what is good? or what does the Lord require of thee, but to do justice, and love mercy, and be ready to walk with the Lord thy God? (Mic 6:6-8 (Breton's English translation of the Septuagint)).