I don’t think that those of us who were born in the 70’s or 80’s can really understand what things were like back then, but here is a lesson that I can learn from MLK:
Words are powerful. Leaders make a difference.
I see MLK as a Christian leader who promoted peace instead of violence, unity instead of separation, and hope instead of bitterness. He urged his followers, white and black, to seek brotherhood instead of revenge. On the one hand were the radical, violent whites who hated all blacks. On the other were the radical, violent blacks who hated all whites. Off to the side were the moderates who were unable or unwilling to do anything about it. And in the middle of it all was MLK. His strong faith caused him to impatiently demand action – action that was peaceful and inclusive. He was a force for change, and I am thankful that my children can live out the fulfillment of his dream.
You and I can live the same way. May our Biblical knowledge and spiritual conviction give us the courageous passion to fight for life, truth, justice, and freedom.
Lots of Resources:
If you are passionate about MLK’s mission, here are some resources for you.
CURE: Star Parker’s mission is:
“Fighting poverty and restoring dignity through faith, freedom, and personal responsibility.”
Seek Social Justice: I learned a lot from this DVD series from The Heritage Foundation. It reviews the problem of poverty, and what we can do about it. I highly recommend it for everyone, no matter what their personal beliefs are about poverty in America.
Amos 5:21-24 (NLT)
“I hate all your show and pretense—
the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies.
I will not accept your burnt offerings and grain offerings.
I won’t even notice all your choice peace offerings.
Away with your noisy hymns of praise!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.
Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice,
an endless river of righteous living.
More information about MLK, and the long march from slavery, to equality, to prosperity and productivity.
I have a dream video:
Read and listen to the audio from his speech here
Full Video: (17:28)
Last 5 minutes of I Have a Dream:
Lyrics to My Country Tis of Thee: http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/m/c/mctisoft.htm
History Channel educational videos: http://www.history.com/topics/martin-luther-king-jr/videos
Emancipation Proclamation: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/emancipation_proclamation/transcript.html
Character is Destiny: A great book by John McCain that highlights character lessons from the lives of 34 historical figures, including MLK