Celebrating the life of a courageous American, Christian and humanitarian who lived out his calling.
Posted in , Jan 12, 2017
I’ll never forget the moment in 1968 when I heard the news of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. I was home watching a television program when it was interrupted by the news. I was in elementary school and didn’t understand what the news report meant. But as I grew up and learned about Dr. King and all that he accomplished, I understood the impact, value and significance of his presence and leadership in our country and around the world.
It wasn’t until I went to seminary, about the same age (26) as Dr. King when he led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, that I uncovered his writings, teachings and sermons. I was captivated by his great oratorical skills.
He was a young pastor when God called and entrusted him as a civil rights leader. It was an enormous responsibility in a very hostile environment. I admire Dr. King’s character, courage and commitment to nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
Today, I have a collection of his sermons on CD that I listen to over and over again, finding a timeless message. Over the years, I have used different quotes from Dr. King in my sermons, blogs and presentations.
His quotes and thoughts are provocative, insightful and powerful; they stir the mind to think critically, the heart to examine and the person to take action. The following are just two of his many powerful quotes:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
We must pause to celebrate the life of a great and courageous American, Christian and humanitarian, who lived out his calling and helped make our country and world a much different and better place. May we spread love not hate; light not darkness; and grace not condemnation.
Lord, give us a heart full of grace and the courage to stand up for justice for all.