I don’t think Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew he would have a monument in Washington D.C. He was less concerned about leaving a legacy and more concerned about living one. A legacy is less about what you leave and more about how you live. King chose to live his life in a way that would advance justice for all. How about you? Do you want your life to count for something that matters?
Living with a bigger dream
Dr. King is a hero of mine. Not because we made him larger than life, but precisely because he was an ordinary flawed man who dared to care for something bigger than himself. D King believed “injustice anywhere was a threat to justice everywhere.” Don’t you?
I think one of the best evidences of God is justice. Deep down you instantly recognize when something is wrong. No one needs to tell you. You know in the pit of your stomach that abusing and taking advantage of another person simply because they lack resources is wrong.
We live in the United States and yet every second in America someone is unable to access justice simply because they do not have enough money. That is wrong. Your friend or family member can’t find answers to legal problems that create crushing anxiety. The problem isn’t access to information, it is access to someone who can interpret the information in an honest way.
Lawyers hold a monopoly on justice and their fees average more than $300 an hour. 1 in 3 Americans simply cannot afford that!
The Poor People’s Campaign
Dr. King understood racial injustice. While he is best remembered for this, he recognized a broader problem in the misuse of power and privilege against the poor. He organized the Poor People’s Campaign to unite a majority of Americans of all race against the real enemy – greed. Those with resources too often exploit those without.
While Civil Rights are not fully realized, we have made great strides. But a core problem Dr. King fought against has only grown worse. Vastly disproportionate power and wealth has accumulated in a tiny portion of Americans. While wealth is not wrong, the acquisition and maintenance of wealth at the expense and detriment of others is wrong. At the rotten core of our glorification of wealth is a belief that those with wealth are better and more entitled than those without. The very idea flies in the heart of who we are as people who believe “all men are created equal”, that we should have “equal justice under law” and in the power of “liberty and justice for all.”
What will you do?
Dr. King was a Baptist preacher. He could have been content to stay in the walls of his church and preach. But what good was His Bible if it did not prompt action through the love of neighbor. King believed in a beloved community where neighbors dared to stand for neighbors in love and against hate. King was a young man, but he did not allow his age or the color of his skin to stop him from doing what was right. He would not idly stand by and watch neighbors suffer injustice. How about you?
Will you go about your daily routine blind to the need of your neighbor? Will you sit in a church and sing songs while someone near you is on the verge of an emotional breakdown because of a family issue, housing issue, contract issue, immigration issue or other legal question that is crushing them?
What can you do?
Take action. Be someone’s everyday hero. Let us help. Our donors make it possible for us to equip hundreds of volunteers to change the story of thousands of neighbors in need each year. Over 20 years we have created a powerful team that is fully trained to do practical justice work. To free neighbors from legal burdens so they can flourish. Every week vulnerable neighbors enter one of our 103 centers crushed by the weight of a legal problem. Every week for only $30 they are able to meet with a caring lawyer and team to receive a specific plan for next steps to resolve their problem.
I regularly hear from volunteers how little they feel they are doing, and how great the impact they see. Each of us has a choice. We can choose to be focused on our own needs or we can choose to set aside our interest to love a neighbor in need. That is doing justice.
Follow us on social media and share our post so others know legal help is available. Read our book. Send friends to Administer Justice so they can be freed from crushing burdens and experience the beloved community. Give $30/mo in solidarity with our vulnerable neighbors. Stand with them.
Serve neighbors by joining or starting a new justice center in your neighborhood. There is no cost except the lost opportunity cost of failing to make a difference in the lives of neighbors. E-mail Judy to get started – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deep down we know we are meant for something more than daily routine. We understand fundamental fairness and bristle against injustice. We know people who need help and have no where to turn. That might even be you. Join a grass roots movement of people who care deeply about justice. Together we will make our pledge of justice for all a reality. Together we will live a legacy like Dr. King.