It's Martin Monday!
Today we aptly honor Martin Luther King, Jr. The Baptist preacher whose peaceful protests paved the way for the spiritual prosperity of a nation.
Martin was a godly man who feared and loved his Lord and His Word. His strong convictions for whites and blacks to eat together, drink from the same water fountain, work and play together without issue was paramount to turning the tide of race relations in our country. He preached godly truths from his pulpit and platform. He stood on the shoulders of other black Christians who went before him like Marian Anderson and Jackie Robinson.
His life and legacy opened the doors for my sisters and brothers of color to come to my house, to worship with me, pray with me, and befriend me without suspicion or fear of harm.
Once we visited an all black church in the black part of town. We stuck out like sore thumbs but we were welcomed. We were able to go there and worship with them without whispers. I especially was tickled when a little black boy in the kid's room said to me, "We don't get no whites here." Then the worker in the room hushed him. I smiled and said, "I'm sure you don't. We're glad to be here."
So, today, let's honor Martin Luther King, Jr.'s faith and steadfastness. Not with minced words filled with sarcasm. But with his own words and prayers of godly reconciliation. Here's an excerpt from his sermon titled, "A Christian Movement In A Revolutionary Age."
"When Moses walked into the courts of Pharoah and thundered forth with the call to 'Let my people go', he introduced into history the concept of a God who was concerned about the freedom and dignity of all His children and who was willing to turn heaven and earth that freedom might be a reality. Throughout the history of Israel as recorded in the Old Testament, we see God active in the affairs of men, struggling relentlessly against the forces of evil that beset them and seeking to mold a people who will serve as His children, as partners in the building of His kingdom here on earth. The God of our fathers is a God of revolution." Amen.
The full text of this sermon can be read by going to:
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