Speaker: MLK Day is about justice and righteousness

YOUNGSTOWN — Religious people today are making the same mistake religious people did thousands of years ago, a speaker said.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. noticed the same mistake when he was alive, said The Rev. Marvin McMickle at a worship service Sunday honoring King.

King once wrote that he drove through Tennessee and saw many church steeples pointing up among the hills. It troubled King that segregation persisted amid all those places of worship, The Rev. Mr. McMickle said.

“What kind of people are they who have religion without righteousness?” King wrote.

To a capacity crowd at Third Baptist Church, Mr. McMickle recalled that the Jewish prophet Amos confronted the people in ancient times for offering songs and sacrifices without fair treatment of others. He quoted from Chapter 5 of Amos, “I hate, I despise your feast days.”

“Why?” asked Mr. McMickle. “Because they found a way to separate religion from righteousness.”

Realizing that there can be no religion — no matter what your faith — without justice and righteousness is what MLK Day is about, he said.

The pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland said justice is doing what is required — loving neighbors, forgiving people and being kind.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and Vindy.com.

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