Words from the Pastors - Rob Inrig
February 22, 2019
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Strategically Placed Letters
Rob Inrig, Transitional Lead Pastor
Sitting in an Alabama jail, Martin Luther King took up his pen to write. It was a letter he wouldn’t stop writing until he poured out his heart. 11 pages later, his open letter sent to faith leaders outlined his refusal why King and his supporters would not abandon their battle against segregation. The issue, as these community leaders saw, needed to be settled in the confines of the court not the limelight of the street. Understanding what was at stake and dismayed by the silence of the church, King’s letter answered, what was happening was wrong. What was happening was evil. That letter would open eyes and penetrate hearts.
...I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the 8th century B.C. left their villages and carried their "thus saith the Lord" far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco-Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town.
Before reading King’s words, many remained blissfully ignorant of the events surrounding them. The product of their environment, many hadn’t stopped long enough to see how wrong things were. Culture had wrapped itself around theology, perpetuating attitudes that justified and excused. Wrongs were dismissed as habits rather than sin.
King’s letter confronted that. People couldn’t plead ignorance. Mistreatment couldn’t be dismissed. Violence couldn’t be justified. It was to end because of a letter.
God tells us that He has written a far more compelling letter intended to open eyes and penetrate hearts. As 2 Corinthians 3 tells us, WE are that letter. You and me. A letter being read every day. So be His letter, strategically placed and attractively lived. You have no idea who may be reading.