My blogs are generally about spiritual or emotional episodes. However tonight I will write about one of the most powerful men in United States history. I know you are wondering who could it be? Abraham Lincoln? Teddy Roosevelt? President Barach Obama? No dear hearts, none other than the humbled yet great Reverend Michael Luther King Jr. who later changed his name to Martin.
I believe that he was in fact God sent. A man that pushed with peace. He made people acknowledge that a black man is still a man. He challenged the evil of prejudice. He exposed the hatred of many of the south’s white. He was brave and human. Many stories written about him say that he was a womanizer. I honestly don’t care because without his diligence my life would probably have been much like my grandmothers.
I just want to take a brief moment and share an exert from a letter he wrote while in a Birmingham Jail.
Martin’s Letter includes this statement-I have traveled the length and breadth of Alabama, Mississippi and all the other southern states. On sweltering summer days and crisp autumn mornings I have looked at the South’s beautiful churches with their lofty spires pointing heavenward. I have beheld the impressive outlines of her massive religious education buildings. Over and over I have found myself asking: “What kind of people worship here? Who is their God? Where were their voices when the lips of Governor Barnett dripped with words of interposition and nullification? Where were they when Governor Wallace gave a clarion call for defiance and hatred? Where were their voices of support when bruised and weary Negro men and women decided to rise from the dark dungeons of complacency to the bright hills of creative protest?”
Yes, these questions are still in my mind. In deep disappointment I have wept over the laxity of the church. But be assured that my tears have been tears of love. There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. Yes, I love the church. How could I do otherwise? I am in the rather unique position of being the son, the grandson and the great grandson of preachers. Yes, I see the church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.
There was a time when the church was very powerful–in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being “disturbers of the peace” and “outside agitators.”‘ But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were “a colony of heaven,” called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be “astronomically intimidated.” By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests. Things are different now. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s silent–and often even vocal–sanction of things as they are.
But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust.
Happy Birthday Martin!!!
Have you ever wondered why the church of the living God is so weak. After reading this I am definitely pondering. Why is evil allowed to run rampant through our cities, into the schools. everywhere it seems. We who are the BODY OF CHRIST have become weak and docile. We seem to be just waiting on the Lord’s return. We are no longer pushing for righteousness. Demanding equal rights for those that believe in the Lord Jesus. Have you noticed the rights that other organizations have? Same sex can now marry, homosexuals can attend Christian schools or colleges, people are now having sex with animals on tape..Have you heard of any of these things? They go against the Christian guidelines.
I know someone is asking do I hate gays or homosexuals??? NO!!! I hope my beliefs do not offend anyone. But I believe that marriage is a Christian benefit. As an American with a strong African blood line; marriage was not allowed to any of my ancestors when they first reached American. So research shows that marriage was introduced through the European Church. Please do not ask how I feel about people having sexual relations with animals. I can not respond in a manner that would not be polite.
I challenge you! Everyone of you to begin to become more effective in right doing..Whatever gifts, or talents you have..Put them to work for the Kingdom.. Now!!!
Now for those who have not previously been introduced to the Lord Jesus Christ and you would like to make the Lord Jesus Christ the Lord, Savior, and Redeemer of your soul. Then pray this with me….
“Heavenly Father, have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe in you and that your word is true. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that he died on the cross so that I may now have forgiveness for my sins and eternal life. I know that without you in my heart my life is meaningless.
I believe in my heart that you, Lord God, raised Him from the dead. Please Jesus forgive me, for every sin I have ever committed or done in my heart, please Lord Jesus forgive me and come into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior today. I need you to be my Father and my friend.
I give you my life and ask you to take full control from this moment on; I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ.”
- Preparing For Your Calling “Your Mission” (ptl2010.com)