Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr: January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.

You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.

You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.

You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve.

You don’t have to know about Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve.

You don’t have to know about the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve.

You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”

-MLK

I know. There are probably a ton and half of other bloggers that are posting about Martin Luther King, Jr. today. Yes, it’s a little cliche, but he was an amazing man who, deserves some recognition.

I won’t comment on whether I think all of his methods were Biblical. I do, however, believe that we shouldn’t be hasty to hand out judgement to a group of people for their nonviolent resistance and protest to the racial segregation and racial discrimination against African Americans during that time. I especially admire his firm belief in the idea that violence is not the way to get what you want.

Reverend King’s push for racial equality in America led some people to hate him for it, and on April 4, he was assassinated for his outspokenness and his leadership in the Civil Rights movement. Close to the end of his life, he concentrated his efforts more on fighting poverty and ending the Vietnam War.

I am by no means championing King as a perfect man. Like all of us he had his flaws. He did however use his voice to stand up for people whose voices were not being heard–people who were suffering horrible injustice. And he believed such stands should be taken without resorting to violence. That’s something I believe all Christians should do.

It’s sometimes easy to stand by and pretend we can’t do anything about poverty, inequality, and injustice. But what about those people we meet everyday that need the love of Jesus? What about that extra money we use for regularly use for “nice things” that we’ve turned into “necessities?” I think all of us can do better in that.

Here’s to asking God for the wisdom to know how to use the things he’s given us to advance His kingdom and to love our neighbors as well as our enemies.

In the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, here is MLK by U2. Indeed, may his “dreams” of equality “be realized” as nearly as is possible in a fallen world.

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One comment on “Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr: January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

  1. becca says:

    A fitting tribute to a great man. I listened to some of his sermons yesterday and was struck by how accessible and human he was. I wonder how much courage it took for him to keep telling people “you are someone” and “we will wear you down with our love” in the face of so much opposition. I guess I never realized how ordinary his work was, and that a large number of the holes into which he spoke so powerfully are easily filled by our voices as well. Thanks for the call to active love!

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