september 3, 2013

 

August 28, 2013 marked the 50th Anniversary of the “March on Washington” which helped lead to the passing of the Civil Rights Act the following year. As over 200,000 gathered at the Lincoln Memorial that day, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech entitled “I Have a Dream.” You can read the text at http://www.archives.gov/press/exhibits/dream-speech.pdf. While this speech is perhaps his most memorable, King has many notable quotes. Two that stand out are “The time is always right to do what is right” and “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period … was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

These statements still ring true as Wayland continues to explore aspects of Civility. People, especially good people, must do right. They must not be silent in word or deed. In the New Testament, James gives an even stronger exhortation when he says, “to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17) We often speak of the sins we commit but overlook the sins of omission – when we don’t do the good we know we should do.

Our relationships with each other reveal more about our relationship to Jesus than we might wish were known. In Matthew 25, Jesus speaks to this as he tells his disciples that whatever is done (or not done) for others is done (or not done) to him. Some of the most embarrassing words a lady of yore might have heard were “your slip is showing.” Today, we need to be reminded that “our Spirit is showing” in our interactions with others. May our school spirit show on the athletic fields and in the academic hallways and may our “Spirit” show in our daily lives as we speak and do good in Jesus’ name.

Grace and peace,

Micheal Summers
Director of Church Services / Assistant Professor of Religion / Assistant Director of Ministry Guidance