Posted by: morgan1965 | January 19, 2015

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2015, I am reminded that this marks his 86th birthday. Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, forty-seven years ago. To be sure, America has changed in many ways since the day of his birth and the date of his death. Significant strides have been made on the civil rights front as it relates to African Americans and other minority groups, but there is much yet to be done in this arena.

Although the walls of legal segregation have tumbled in America, the ugly head of racism continues to lurk in the midst of American society at all levels and in most places. The existence of racism is often denied, but it is present across the American landscape. Dr. King, the Drum Major for Justice, would be deeply concerned about the racial divides that exist today. Although we have a president who is African American, the racial divide has not narrowed in any significant way since the 1960’s.

It is important today to remember what Dr. King stood for, justice for all people. It is also important to remember what he died for, justice for the least among us. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee where he had gone to support the striking city sanitation workers. He died the death of a martyr, but he lived the life of a prophet. He portrayed a dream that cast a vision of an America where black and white children would be able to sit down together in peace.

Perhaps we can celebrate Dr. King’s birthday by asking ourselves a question? What is it that I can do to be a drum major for justice today? What can I do to help bring about peace in an upside down world? These are personal questions. The answers, however, could have a dramatic impact on the communities where we live and the world of which we are a part. Our positive actions can help to make a difference. Dr. King did not act alone; rather, he brought people together in unity so that together they could make a difference in the effort to topple the walls of segregation.

Black churches played a critical role in the civil rights movement. All churches have a role to play in making our nation and our world a better place in which to live today. Congregations working together can have an impact on injustices in our society and in our communities.

Churches must do more than turn on their lights; they must be a lighthouse that reflects Jesus, the light of the world. As we walk in the light we will reflect the light and love of Jesus. The light of Christ needs to shine in our homes, churches, court houses, school houses, prisons, and the workplace. We are the bearers of that light.

Think About It!

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