Thank You Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted: January 22, 2008 by Rick Hogaboam in Abortion, Ethics, Social Issues
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Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most courageous Americans to have ever lived. He was used by God to clearly confront the injustice of racism. There are some who question King’s doctrinal orthodoxy or personal character on many issues…but reserve little criticism for the horrible things done by the white man in the name of Christ and Christianity. I am not trying to judge MLK by his theology or personal character, but rather am acknowledging his incredible bravery that far exceeded the cowardice of the mobs who would burn black children and so it in the name of Christ. Many churches were guilty of showing partiality by seating blacks in a segregated area or not at all. Such partiality was clearly a sin by the standards of Scripture (James 1). The fact is that a sinful disposition in society as whole, including Christendom, was shaken by the prophetic voice of MLK. Without the courageous voice of MLK and others in the Civil Rights movement, such societal sins might remain and even I might be captive to the sin of racism.

The best way we can honor MLK is to further advance the cause of social justice in other areas like poverty, human trafficking, and abortion. We must advance the Kingdom of God in society where such injustice exists. Such advancement is not to be confused with the Gospel in and of itself, but is rather a voice for justice in a land where blood cries out for justice.

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