The Conscience

January/February 2010

“The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. . . .

 “The good Samaritan represents the conscience of mankind because he also was obedient to that which could not be enforced. No law in the world could have produced such unalloyed compassion, such genuine love, such thorough altruism.”

 —Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), theologian, civil rights’ leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner, in his book Strength to Love (1963).