Timothy George and Chuck Colson cited the example of Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Prison” in a recent Christianity Today post. Here are the first paragraphs with a link to the rest of the article:
It may have been the most civil statement ever made in thoroughly uncivil times.
Responding to fellow clergy who criticized the civil rights protests in Birmingham, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. penned his towering, magnificent “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in 1963.
It’s time that King’s letter—and the spirit and tone in which it was written—be re-examined by every pundit, every pastor, every activist, and every politician
who rightly bemoans the demise of civil discourse in the U.S.
If anyone had a right to unleash an uncivil, scathing, ad hominem attack on his opponents, it was King. It is hard for younger people to imagine (and getting
harder for many of us older ones to remember) the conditions under which many African Americans lived throughout the South just over 40 years ago. Segregation, lynchings, African American churches and homes firebombed. Jim Crow laws even prevented “colored people” from attending the circus and playing pool with whites … Click here for more.