Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It is a day we receive off, not because the nation needs a break from the heck holiday schedule that we just survived, but as a day of remembrance. Yesterday, we remembered a man who spoke of love, justice, brotherhood and nationhood and died as a martyr for what he strongly believed in. Dr. King serves as a role model and as a source of inspiration for me as someone who is passionate about both faith and justice. His words act as a guide as I try to live out these two passions. I think that if Dr. King were alive today his message would not change that much. His visionary words of brotherhood are needed in this day and age as any other. We face economic struggles, many different kinds of inequalities, and ideological division. We are still trying to realize his dream, our dream of living out the true creed of our country, that all people are created equal. We cannot overlook the time of uncertainty we live in nor can we deny that this uncertainty has not united our country, but somehow has caused deeper division. There will always be disagreements, but how we face these adversities and handle the challenges will define us. As Dr. King said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Grace Badik is a senior student worker at the CFJ who is quickly becoming quite the blogger. She will soon be blogging about her Brueggeman Fellowship at  She hails from Toldeo, the only girl in a family of four kids, and a twin. That says a lot about her 🙂