Though I was born in the days after Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight for de-segregation, I can still remember reading about this great champion of equality. He wasn’t looking for superiority but equality. He believed in the premise that God created all men equal and they should be treated as such. Our nation today remembers this great man. A man who died for the principles he held.
As a preacher, I have admired the great oratory skills of MLK. He was a master of the pulpit. His communication was above most of our greatest orators today. This wasn’t because of his training. It wasn’t just because he was gifted. His speeches were great because you could feel his speeches. All great messages must be tempered with passion. A passion for the subject in which we speak. MLK believed in what he spoke about.
My favorite speech of his was his last. It was delivered on the eve of his assassination. If you read it in its totality, you can sense the prophetic nature of its content. He knew his time was short. He knew that he would die in the fight for the freedom of his people.
When MLK spoke of going to the mountaintop, you knew that he had already been there. You could sense it in his voice.
He was murdered the next day. Most of us remember this man for what he did for his people and in reality, for our nation. America is a better place because Martin Luther King Jr had a dream. A dream for freedom! A dream that all people, regardless of race, would be treated the same.
Many years have come and gone since these days in 1968. Yet, his legacy lives on.
For us, do we have a cause worth fighting for? Are we willing to give our lives to lead people to Christ? Are we willing to stand firm in the midst of the demoralization of America or will we stand up for morality? Would be willing to stand in the face of persecution for the cause of Christ?