How to Honor Martin Luther King Jr today (Remix Gospel Special)
“Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like any man, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
These were the words from the last sermon that was to be delivered on earth by Martin Luther King Jr. The following day he was assassinated and passed from this planet into eternity. When you read these words they seem nearly prophetic, as if he knew that he would never see the completion of his work in bringing equality to all men regardless of their skin color. But, he knew it was coming. He believed. He had faith.
But to call Dr. King a civil rights activist is a huge disservice to his memory and legacy. He was not a random person who could shout loudly and rile up crowds for a worthy cause.
The most important thing to know about him is that he was above anything else a follower of Jesus. He was not just attempting to bring racial reform because he was black or become he wanted notoriety, instead he sacrificed, preserved, and was even martyred because his faith in Jesus dictated that he had to act on the injustice that he saw occurring to men, women, and children throughout the United States.
A lot of people like to point out that many people who claimed to represent Jesus opposed Dr. King and the dream that God gave him. You see, there were a ton of religious people who stood against him, they heckled, slandered, insulted, and locked him and his friends up in jails.
But those people were not really followers of Jesus. They were not true Christians. I can say that because of Jesus’ words. In Matthew 22, Jesus explained that to truly follow Him is to love God and then to love your neighbor as yourself.
Their neighbors were the Kings, and the Parks, and all of the amazing and beautiful families that ignorant and embittered people stood against. They did not exhibit love, and Jesus is not okay with that. He would have been standing in front of Dr. King during the Million Man March. Jesus was there, in the hearts of His followers who sought justice and love for every man and woman.
I do not mean to use Dr. King’s legacy to preach a message. But Dr. King’s life was not about racial equality, he consistently made it clear his life was about Jesus. And because of Him, Dr. King found the strength to not fear any man, no matter what the cost. Jesus gave him courage, strength, and endurance.
He was a dreamer, but more importantly he was a doer. And you can be too. What cause do you feel called to be a part of? What passion do you have that is bigger than yourself? If you fall in love with Jesus, then those passions are natural extensions.
Jesus’ loves to transform the world, and wants to use you to do it, just like he used all the brave men and women who stood against evil with Dr. King.
So find Him, find a cause, change the world.