St. Augustine’s Restlessness and MLK’s Dream

Millennial co-founder Christopher Hale has a new article at Sojourners. He writes:

(Today), our country marks 53 years since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his famous remarks at the March on Washington. It is also the feast of St. Augustine, one of Rev. King’s favorite Christian heroes.

Augustine’s proclamation, that “charity is no substitute for justice withheld,” helped form Catholic moral law and inspired the young Baptist preacher to pursue his ministry with a particular eye on the public sphere. In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. King writes, “I would agree with Saint Augustine, that an unjust law is no law at all.”…

Augustine’s famous opening words of his spiritual biography — “You have made us for yourself, O God, and our heart is restless until it finds rests in you” — in a way sums up the entirety of the Christian journey….

We’re restless for a faith community that speaks to our skepticism and heals a people who are inundated with the false god of consumerism, empty political rhetoric, dictatorships of relativism, a historical fundamentalism, systems of ethics lacking goodness, and intellectual discourse high on privilege and short on wisdom.

You can read the full article here.