Sunday Sermon, The Rev. Phillip A. Jackson: "Justice and Love"

January 14, 2024

“Love is one of the pivotal points of the Christian faith. And there is another side called justice. And justice is really love in calculation. Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dec 5, 1955

Four days after Rosa Parks was arrested, 26-year-old Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed 5,000 attendees in Montgomery, Alabama, urging nonviolent protest and inspiring a movement. Even though King wrote the Montgomery Bus Boycott speech in less than an hour, it contains “everything he lived, did, and thought,” offered the Rev. Phil Jackson in his MLK Sunday sermon. 

King’s “profoundly Christian” message that “justice walks hand in hand with love” offers us a radical roadmap to 21st-century understanding: “Love your enemies” without qualification.