Today we celebrate the great visionary and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who lived and died in service to humanity and in pursuit of a vision of equality and human rights for all Americans, particularly African Americans, the poor, and those who suffered injustice through peaceful protest.
Thank You, Dr. King, for…
• Modeling the Spirit of Christ (Philippians 2:1-13).
• Teaching us to love in the midst of enemies who hate (Luke 6:27).
• Showing us how to be victorious through nonviolence (Luke 3:14).
• Teaching us how to turn the other cheek, as hard as it was (Luke 6:29).
• Teaching us how to pray when we did not know what to do (Luke 18:1).
• Teaching us not to hate in return (Matthew 5:43-45).
• Teaching us how to suffer and bear our cross as Jesus did, until victory came (1 Peter 3:13-17).
• Teaching us not to vandalize to be free (Exodus 22:1-31).
• Teaching us that vengeance belongs to God (Romans 12:19).
• Teaching us to respect authority, even when they sometimes didn’t deserve it (1 Peter 2:18-23).
• Teaching us how to be courageous in the midst of threats (Deuteronomy 31:6).
• Taking a stand when it was not popular (Ephesians 6:13).
• Caring for the poor (1 John 3:17-18).
• Opening the doors of opportunity through Civil Rights (Galatians 6:10).
• Giving us our dignity, respect, and rights as citizens (Ephesians 2:12).
• Giving us the right to vote (Matthew 22:21).
• Showing the world that all people are created equal (Romans 2:11; Galatians 3:28-29).
• Showing us how to have a dream (Genesis 37:5).
• Taking us to the Promised Land when you could not go yourself (Numbers 2:7-12).
Finally, thank you, Dr. King, for laying down your life for us all (John 15:13).
By Apostle Alton R. Williams
Dr. King gave his iconic I Have a Dream speech in The March on Washington on Wednesday, August 28, 1963. This masterpiece is still taught in school, memorized by children over 50 years later, and ranked the number one speech of the 20th century. Listen, remember, and reflect on MLK’s vision below.