Look, if it can happen behind bars, there is no excuse for business-as-usual outside prison walls. This is especially true when we realize that King’s vision was one driven by a Christian understanding of man’s relationship to God and his fellow men.
On the night before he died, King spoke at Mason Temple Church. He warned of hard times to come, but added that God had shown him “the promised land.” And while he might “not get there with you . . . we, as a people, will get to the promised land.”
Forty years later, we are not there yet. As Francis Schaeffer wrote, we give the world the right to judge Christ by the way we treat each other. I wish the world could judge Christ by what I saw in the Darrington prison.