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DIVINE DEVOTION (The Pastor’s Pen)

 

EXCERPT FROM THE ESSAY “LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL,” APRIL 16, 1963

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have never yet engaged in a direct action movement that was ‘well-timed,’ according to the timetable of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word ‘Wait!’ It rings in the ear of every Negro with a piercing familiarity. This ‘Wait’ has almost always meant ‘Never’ …

“We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God-given rights. The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jetlike speed toward the goal of political independence, and we still creep at horse and buggy pace toward the gaining of a cup of coffee at a lunch counter. …

“A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. … Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority, and the segregated a false sense of inferiority.

“(Segregation) ends up relegating persons to the status of things. So segregation is not only politically, economically and sociologically unsound, but it is morally wrong and sinful.”

Rev. Dr. William F. Pegues

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”  ~Romans 1:17

 

Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint but blessed is he who keeps the law. ~ Proverbs 29:18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now, go, write it before them on a tablet and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come as a witness forever. ~ Isaiah 30:8
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