Monday is Martin Luther King Day. It is a time of celebrating progress in racial harmony and civil rights. It is a time of remembering those who bravely went before us to ensure that equality would be something to be grasped here in our country. It is a time of sober reflection of the depravity of man and the silence of the Church for so long.
And it is a time to yearn for the future.
Martin Luther King wasn’t perfect, nobody is. That does not mean that his words, his dreams and his actions should remain unnoticed either. In the providence of God he, and others, were used to shake the hateful bigotry from the accepted state of our hearts. They forced us to think the hard thoughts and enabled us to dream big dreams.
And they point us to a time when racial harmony will be at it’s finest.
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy art Thou to take the book, and to break its seals; for Thou wast slain, and didst purchase for God with Thy blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. (Rev 5:9 NAS)
The hope that we embrace is not what a passionate preacher can bring about. It is the hope that because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ we will, together with every people and nation, fall at the feet of our Savior and worship our God. The Gospel not only cleanses us from all sin but it frees us from all enslavement.
This is where I will be on Monday, January 16, 2012 – and where you are invited also:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream” Program – Monday, 11:30 -1:00p, at the Rodeheaver Auditorium, Winona Lake, IN