Jesse Jackson speaks to Saluda crowd of the need for social justice

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Aug 03, 2011 - 04:21 PM

Photo: The Rev. Jesse Jackson addressed the congregation of Lebanon Baptist Church, Saluda, during the church’s seventh annual celebration on Sunday. Photos by Sherry Hamilton.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson addressed the congregation of Lebanon Baptist Church, Saluda, during the church’s seventh annual celebration on Sunday. Photos by Sherry Hamilton.

Photo: The Rev. Jesse Jackson, center, posed for pictures with the congregation after preaching an inspiring sermon at Lebanon Baptist Church in Saluda on Sunday. Here, he is shown with Lebanon’s co-pastors Robert and Teresa Sutherlin.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, center, posed for pictures with the congregation after preaching an inspiring sermon at Lebanon Baptist Church in Saluda on Sunday. Here, he is shown with Lebanon’s co-pastors Robert and Teresa Sutherlin.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson began his sermon at Lebanon Baptist Church in Saluda on Sunday with a rousing call—"I am! I am! I am! Somebody!" And it drew a resounding response from the audience—"I am! I am! I am! Somebody!"

Then, with repeated calls and responses, he brought his message to the congregation. Invited by his long-time friend, Middlesex native George Gresham of New York, Jackson talked about how changing technologies have brought people from across the nation and around the world closer together, so that "what affects one of us affects the rest of us indirectly."

"We rise and we fall together," he told the overflowing crowd at the church.

Reading from Ephesians 6, Jackson laid out the groundwork for his sermon. "We wrestle not with flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

While citizens of the United States are taught to separate church and state, Jackson said that doesn’t mean you have to separate church and citizenship or "church and the morality and dignity of all people."