Second from the left, arm outstretched, venerated among the other blue sculpted saints at St. Alban’s Cathedral is Martin Luther King. His black suit caught my eye in contrast to the others’ robes when I took this four years ago.
MLK is among the best reminders of what it looks like when real faith and conviction meet the messes of hatred and prejudice. He was a true challenger in all the best ways. He challenges the believer to not keep my faith as a passive set of principles, but as fuel to turn the world upside down. He challenges the discouraged to start by dreaming up a better world. He challenges the passive to see their inaction as a sin and the active to resist violence.
I want to be true to my faith, to take apart unjust systems, to not lose hope, to be challenging and comforting and honest all at the same time. Tall order? Yup. But it helps to see how others have done it before.