Actions will always speak louder than words! This week the National Action Network called on Faith Leaders to participate in the Ministers Marching for Justice in Washington, DC. It has become apparent to those involved that Dr. King’s Dream of economic and social justice is being undermined by systemic erosion and ongoing rollbacks of policies and procedures. These ministers and faith leaders are marching to reaffirm and recommit to being at the forefront of social justice and civil rights just as Dr. King was. Together they acknowledge that we have been losing ground in the struggle for justice, rather than advancing it. Dr. King marched over 54 years ago, and we must continue to march today for voting rights, healthcare, criminal justice reform and economic justice.
One might say that the monster hurricane that struck Texas over the weekend and remains an ongoing catastrophic threat to life and property all along southeastern Texas, the Gulf Coast and beyond is symbolic of the gathering storm clouds engulfing our nation. The growing racial, ethnic, economic and political divide that each day presents some new revelation, recognition and acknowledgement has made it painfully clear that we have become increasingly divided and alienated by our national discourse over systems, institutions, policies and symbols that represent our historic legacy, national character and moral authority. The symbolic gathering clouds of confusion, discontentment and despair are fraught with concerns that things may indeed get worse before they get better.
It is time that leaders of faith stand up and LEAD. Voices of protest that have filled American streets nationwide testify to the need for some courageous and moral leadership in the face of an urgent call to speak truth to power and help to build bridges of conciliation between communities. We must find a way to come together and unite, because our collective survival depends on our ability to do so. Are we one nation under God? Do we share common American principles of fairness and E pluribus Unum, Out of many one? Or are these merely empty platitudes and unfilled dreams? What we DO as a nation over the next days, weeks and months will speak volumes to the citizens of this nation and the world. Are we who we say we are? Are we about the business of rolling up our sleeves and working together to become who we were always destined to be? Action people! ACTION!