In this Aug. 28, 1963 photo, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, gestures during his "I Have a Dream" speech as he addresses thousands of civil rights supporters gathered in Washington, D.C. Months before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington in 1963, he fine-tuned his civil rights message before a much smaller audience in North Carolina. Reporters had covered King’s 55-minute speech at a high school gymnasium in Rocky Mount on Nov. 27, 1962, but a recording wasn’t known to exist until English professor Jason Miller found an aging reel-to-reel tape in the town’s public library. (AP Photo)

The Church Should Remember This Martin Luther King, Jr. Quote

On this day in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Mchael Beschloss, on twitter, posted a picture of King’s open suitcase in his hotel room from after King died.

In the suitcase was a copy of King’s collected sermons titled Strength to Love. From that book and King’s sermons comes this quote:

“The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.”

A fitting quote as we see religious leaders saddling up to candidates who make a mockery of Christianity. It is even more a fitting quote when we see churches and politicians using each other to give license to a secular world.

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