“Until justice flows down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream,” that was a line from the Old Testament that Martin Luther King Jr. would quote when asked how long he would continue his cause for civil rights.
Throughout America’s history, religious leaders have been at the forefront of social change. Roger Williams, a Baptist and a leader of the American Revolution; John Wesley, the founder of Methodism and a leading abolitionist; and Lucretia Mott, a Quaker who led the march for women’s suffrage — all were inspired by their faith to change the country.
Today Church leaders are again shaping history — taking stands on issues such as abortion and gay marriage and urging the faithful to base their ballot on the Bible. Onwards Christian soldiers, the new pace of politics from the pulpit.
Elizabeth Myer Boulton, pastor of Hope Church in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commision with the Southern Baptist Convention
Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of the Hope Christian Church in College Park, Maryland.