On Monday our nation took the time to appropriately celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. and remember the sacrifices he made in order to speak truth to power, and confront racism and injustice in America. One of his quotes resonates with me at this time in my life as a pastor in ministry at a local church.
“Nothing is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King observed it’s quite dangerous to the well being of society when average people choose to continue living in sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity about systemic evil, and allow that evil to slide as long as it doesn’t personally affect them. Ignorance is dangerous to that which is good. At the same time, when average people leave ignorance and conscientious stupidity behind, they become quite dangerous to evil itself. I’m watching this happen in my own church. We’ve been sensing God’s call to look at systemic injustice and to move toward more work for the causes of justice. We’ve started a task force that is filled with awesome people, and yet average, regular people. They are becoming dangerous to evil. One of the women on this task force has said to me, “Once you’re eyes are opened it’s hard for them to go back to being closed again.” God is stirring her heart as she is beginning to witness and comprehend how the weak and helpless in our society are being harassed. Even today I waved as a group of three empty-nester women, drove off to have their eye’s opened even more. They were going to a seminar to hear more about human trafficking so that God could guide them into His heart for our own church’s work against injustice.