Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr Day, a national holiday that recognizes, and honors, the life of one of the most influential men of the 20th century. Dr. King was a non-violent activist who championed the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 60's. His belief that all men are created equal and are precious in God's sight was biblically based. His teachings of "loving thy neighbor" lined up with the teachings of Jesus Christ who challenged His followers to love one another with a radical type of love known as agape love. During a sermon at Dexter Ave. Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in 1957, Dr. King said this about love, "Agape is more than eros; agape is more than philia; agape is something of the understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill for all men. It is a love that seeks nothing in return. It is an overflowing love; it’s what theologians would call the love of God working in the lives of men. And when you rise to love on this level, you begin to love men, not because they are likable, but because God loves them. You look at every man, and you love him because you know God loves him. And he might be the worst person you’ve ever seen." His words, like those of Jesus, were met with resistance and would eventually cost him his life. Although Dr. King is remembered for leading the Civil Rights Movement over a half-century ago, his words still challenge us today. Present day activists and so-called 'social justice warriors' could certainly learn a thing or two by studying Dr. King's life and taking his words to heart.
Your calling is to fulfill the royal law of love as given to us in this Scripture: "You must love and value your neighbor as you love and value yourself!" For keeping this law is the noble way to live. But when you show prejudice you commit sin and you violate this royal law of love! James 2: 8,9
Pastor Frank Dodson