On this day of remembering Martin Luther King Jr., we reflect on his many challenging teachings. This one is relevant to the work of For the Love of Missions from his sermon “A Time to Break the Silence” (Riverside Church, New York, April 4, 1967).
“We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside… but one day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that a system that produces beggars needs to be repaved. We are called to be the Good Samaritan, but after you lift so many people out of the ditch you start to ask, maybe the whole road to Jericho needs to be repaved.”