I'm an Activist

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The other day I was at the home of a very dear friend and he said that someone, who doesn't know me personally, asked him if I was an activist. My friend proceeded to gently rebuke me for the things that could be interpreted poorly that I say on Twitter and FB. Well, I was annoyed. After thinking about it, I remembered these words of Dr. King:
"But though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." Was not Amos an extremist for justice: "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." Was not Paul an extremist for the Christian gospel: "I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." Was not Martin Luther an extremist: "Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God." And John Bunyan: "I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience." And Abraham Lincoln: "This nation cannot survive half slave and half free." And Thomas Jefferson: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that an men are created equal ..." So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremist for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary's hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime---the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment. Perhaps the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists."


He also, told me that I was too political. Implying that as a Pastor, I should leave politics out of my life. Though I agree that while in the official capacity of performing my sacerdotal duties I should be non-political. I find it curious, however, that my passion for justice and equality is most often seen as political. I agree that a lot of my views are in line with those of the Democrat Party but the Democrat Party does not shape my views; the bible does.

I commit to always stand for truth and justice no matter how unpopular with the established church. I commit to always stand for truth and justice not matter how uncomfortable it makes the religious right. I commit to always stand for truth and justice no matter how unpopular it is to the unchurched. I commit to always stand for truth and justice no matter how uncomfortable it makes religious left.

I am not self-centered enough to think that I am always right or dogmatic enough to believe that God is always on my side. I hope that in all things love will prevail, even when I disagree with folks.

Oh, I pray that I will be an activist for justice, an activist for love and an activist for hope!


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