More than 50 years ago now Martin Luther King Jr wrote these words from a Birmingham jail –
I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth 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. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.
King was right, there was injustice in our city, and I am grateful for men like him who were bold enough to follow their convictions and respond to that call. How are your convictions leading you? Are you willing to truly give yourself to the task of making this world right? Or will you like so many throughout history cower in fear when faced with trials?