Tag Archive for: MLK

In the early ’60s, at the height of the civil rights movement, a group of white ministers issued a public statement urging Dr. Martin Luther King, in the name of the Christian faith, to be more patient in his quest for justice and to relax the relentless struggle for civil rights.

King’s response came in the form of the famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” In the letter, King indicated that he had received similar requests for delay, indeed, that he had just gotten a letter from a “white brother in Texas” who wrote, “… It is possible you are in too great a religious hurry … The teachings of Christ take time to come to earth.”

Dr. King replied that such an attitude stemmed from a sad misunderstanding of time, the notion that time itself cures all ills. Time, King argued, could be used for good or for evil. Human progress, he said, is not inevitable, but rather … it comes through the tireless efforts of men (and women) willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”

King knew that complete justice must await the coming of God.

So did Luke. Watch and read Luke 2:28-35:

 

As we continue to become more in tune with God’s presence in our daily lives, let’s respond in ways that reflect the love of Jesus. As we respond to God’s claim on our lives, we too, are invited to be people who seek justice.

May it be so.

Prayer for today: O God, in Jesus, you have told us that the time is ripe to do right. In the name of Jesus empower us to live as righteous doers of your way, truth, and life. When it’s all been said and done, There is just one thing that matters, Did I do my best to live for truth? Did I live my life for You? O God, by your grace, help me live my life for you in relationship with all the people you love. Amen

A Response To Racism

Over the past several days I have been asking myself the question, “Why do we act surprised that racism still exists?”

I don’t want racism to exist, but I live in a culture that cultivates it. Where I grew up, racism was present. I graduated from high school with it. Although I have worked my entire ministry to fight it, at the moment I feel I have had very little impact in ridding the world of it. I have not ignored its existence but every time racism raises its despicable head I feel myself from deep within react with “Not again! I thought we were beyond this.”

We have been through too many Charlottesville events over the past several years. Whether a gathering of white supremacists demonstrating their right to hate, a massacre in a Charleston church, a young black man shot on the street in Cincinnati, the beating, shooting, harassing of black men and women not only on the street, but in their cars, in police “paddy” wagons, in classrooms, courtrooms, and office rooms.

Why do we act surprised?

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Who do you need to communicate with today? Communicate so you can get to know the people around you. Fear dissipates when we seek to understand, take the time to get to know each other, and engage in ongoing communication. May the words you share today reflect the love of God we know in Jesus Christ. Read more

The Courage & Character to Love

Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.” John 13:34-35

To daily live in thought, word, and deed the love of God made known in Jesus Christ is the mark of true discipleship.

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Love

Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.” John 13:34-35

Martin Luther King, Jr, in A Testament of Hope writes, “I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Think about those words for a minute.

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Partnerships

One of my favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. sermons is, “The Answer to a Perplexing Question” based on Matthew 17:19, “Why couldn’t we cast him out?” In the sermon, King says, “The problem that has always hampered man has been his inability to conquer evil by his own power.  In pathetic amazement, he asks, ‘Why can I not cast it out?  Why can I not remove this evil from my life?’”

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Martin Luther King, Jr, in A Testament of Hope writes, “I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.” John 13:34-35 To daily live in thought, word, and deed the love of God made […]

Today, January 15, is the actual birthdate of Martin Luther King, Jr.  We can call to mind much of what he said and how he led our country as a prophet of God.  He spoke often of putting on the “weapon of love.”