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  • Jan24Fri

    The relevance of Martin Luther King

    January 24, 2020

    Because we are not Americans this past Monday did not show up on our calendars as MLK Day as it did in theirs. That day marks the work of the Christian minister and social activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. King is known as the most visible spokesperson of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s and 60’s, speaking up for those Americans who were suffering injustices of many kinds on many levels. This week I came across a blog that cited a King sermon which reflects on the words of Jesus “Think not that I have come to bring peace…” About that saying King said the following: “He [Jesus] is not saying that He comes not to bring peace in the higher sense. What He is saying is: “I come not to bring this peace of escapism, this peace that fails to confront the real issues of life, the peace that makes for stagnant complacency.” Then He says, “I come to bring a sword” not a physical sword. Whenever I come, a conflict is precipitated between the old and the new, between justice and injustice, between the forces of light and the forces of darkness. I come to declare war over injustice. I come to declare war on evil. Peace is not merely the absence of some negative force—war, tension, confusion, but it is the presence of some positive force—justice, goodwill, the power of the kingdom of God.” Although King’s sermon was preached March 18, 1956, it can still find relevance in our times.

         -EGN (for more see