“God Was the First to Cry for Your Son”

Daily Theology

by Jen Owens

IMG_0376“God was the first to cry for your son.” These words were put in the mouth of Dr. King as he attempted to comfort an aging protestor who had lost his son at the hands of a state trooper in the film Selma, and this theme appears in liberation theologies. In watching Selma this afternoon, I was struck by the many parallels between the work of which Dr. King was such a leader and the work that remains to be done today. Whether it was the bombing of the Birmingham church that killed Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Denise McNair in 1963 or the torching of the church where Michael Brown, Sr. was baptized in Ferguson, MO, last fall; whether it was the murder depicted in the restaurant scene of the film or the murders of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and countless…

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