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.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963.

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Martin Luther King Jr. saw the pictures of the world in the scriptures.

Martin Luther King Jr. saw a world around him that did not line up with the pictures in the scriptures.

He did not resign himself to the presupposition, “That is just the way the world is.”

Like prophets before him, Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, a vision, an imagination of a world that looked more like the picture of the world in the scriptures.

He spoke that vision.

He worked for the vision, in ways that were consistent with the vision.

May you and I have the grace and strength to dream, speak and work toward a biblical imagination of this world.