Justice: On Considering MLK Jr.


I was honored when Mihee Kim Kort asked me to participate in her blog series on justice & spirituality. Mihee is an ordained pastor with PCUSA, a prolific author (check out her two books on either her blog or Twitter @miheekimkort) and has quickly become a dear friend. She is part of a Tuesday night book group that I am in (#killjoyProphets) filled with women and men around the country who are extremely passionate and knowledgeable about justice issues. I think this topic of integrating justice and spirituality is a very important one, and I am humbled to add a small piece to the conversation. Check it out, and be sure to subscribe to Mihee’s blog!

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This post is the seventh in our series this month on the spiritual practices of activism that are rooted in and enhance our faith lives.

We must accept finite disappointment,
but never lose infinite hope.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

I have so enjoyed the posts shared so far on Mihee’s blog about justice, and spiritual practices of activism! I have long wrestled with the tension between spirituality and justice. While the integration between them seems like it should be obvious, that is not always the case. I’ve met a lot of people along the journey who emphasize spirituality without justice, as well as justice without spirituality.

Hebrews 13.7 says we should remember our leaders, and “consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” The faith leader whose faith I most admire when it comes to this topic is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His ability to integrate justice…

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