Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we celebrate a man who changed the discourse in our country about an entire people group.  With a beautiful dream and years of hard work, Martin Luther King Jr. made our country see black men and women as valuable.

They were not and are not beneath any other member in our society. Our fellow African American citizens stand equal in rights, worth, and dignity. That’s the wonderful dream he possessed and message he passed on.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s speech embodied the messages of both the Imago Dei (Image of God) and Biblical Justice.

Image of God:

As Christians we believe men and women possess infinite worth not because the color of their skin or the ability to perform certain tasks. People are valuable because they are made in the image of God.

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God’s fingerprints are all over creation and none more evident than humanity. My question is do you see the same beauty in all races as God sees?  If not, your vision needs correction.

Biblical Justice:

Throughout the Old and New Testament we see justice most often as restorative.   Meaning that living justly is to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves, and work toward restoring their dignity back to the original Imago Dei.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought and sacrificed to give a voice to those who didn’t have one.  While white America views the past fondly, African Americans remember slavery, the inability to vote, or choose which fountain to drink from.  King broke down those discrepancies and fought for equality.

He helped pave the way to establish justice for people in our country who previously had never received any restoration.  He battled for the hurting, gave a voice to the voiceless, and broke down walls of oppression.

Biblical Justice demands we do the same.

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The only way you can be a voice for the voiceless is if you listen carefully to those hurting the most.  Are you willing to listen?

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  1. Beautiful post. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. certainly deserves his own holiday. But if I may, I’d like to challenge one of your assumptions. I’m considered white, I’m even pale, but I do not veiw our country’s history fondly. I’m a woman, and I see the women who lost their children to abusive husbands during divorce or never divorced for the sake of their children. I see women with no voices and no one wanting them to really speak. I’m part Cherokee indian, and I see the slaughtering of friends and family and enemies. Enemies that must now be made friends of because of being trapped together on a reservation that cannot grow anything and has no wildlife. I see a culture being destroyed for property as well as the people who did not believe in owning property. I’m not black, but when I think about the history of the U.S. I do think about lynchings of people who had such life in them and such integrity who deserved freedom and equality instead of murder, and families torn apart. I think of even more things scattered throughout our history. That is why, when people say, “Let’s make America great again.” I ask, “When was it great?” I’m thankful I was born in this country largely because of people like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but I’m also still ashamed of many, many things our country has condoned or encouraged. Thank you.

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    1. What a great mindset. I wish you were the majority but sadly that’s not the case. Thanks for sharing your heart. Love it.

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  2. I would like to echo Ashley. Not that I am a women but that I grew up poor in the south raised by a single mother. I remember listening to Doctor King on a small transistor radio under my covers in bed. His words also gave me hope that the world would change to be just and fair. God had built in me a desire for truth and fairness from the beginning. He also gave me a perspective that if we do not learn from the past and apply that learning to the present and future, we will be forever stuck there. Dr. King would not want us to live our lives dwelling on the horror of the past. He, as I believe God does, would want us to lift up our voices and our gifts to create a planet that is not only fair and just, but also righteous. God has told us this.

    Luke 10:27 (NASB)
    And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE Lord your God with all your heart, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

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    1. Mike this is reason number 99. I love you man. Thanks for your perspective. It’s encouraging to hear more and more people with this perspective.

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