The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

"King's Legacy" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“King’s Legacy” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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This happens with all great people.

Generally, we quote their inspiring words but fail to apply them.

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1 Response

  1. Adam Julians says:

    Thanks David – MLK is someone I look up to and seek to emulate. I like what you have done with the cartoon and the responsibility for action it implies.

    At the same time I ask the question who is the “we”?

    I understand you are generalising about people and about the use of words for inspiration. For many people what you say is, I agree, true. Naturally, one is adverse to suffering and pain and attached to being happy and “inspired”. However for some of us, sacrificing for a cause is worth more to us than our personal happiness and comfort at any given time.

    I find what MLK talked of with love being powerful both and inspiration and something I put into practice as far as I am able to. Yes this results in pain sometimes. Kindness for example can be perceived as weakness and inviting mistreatment I have found. However what are we all here for if there is not something greater or other than our individual selves worth sacrificing for?

    I remember reading his letter from a Birmingham jail where if I remember correctly he talked of the church being under God’s judgement and losing its relevance if it is does not recover the authenticity and the sacrificial spirit of the first century church.

    In the book “Hitlers Cross” Lutzer claims that the cross of Christ was used as a symbol of a Nazi Agenda and draws comparison between this and an agenda for happiness he claims exists predominantly in American Christianity. In Hitler’s Mien Kampf Hitler states “I believe today my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. In standing guard against the Jew I am defending against the handiwork of the Lord”.

    If MLK was right then my question would be what is authentic and how might that be worked out on practical ways? If Lutzer is right then my question would be is there the corporate will to do so or or those who do to be ostracised by the mainstream and possibly rick imprisonment and death?

    And yes I do find his words an inspiration. His final speech for example. “I am happy tonight, I am not worried about anything I am not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord”. Very powerful.

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