Martin Luther – the name conjures up thoughts of church reform and modern day equality.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) was named after Martin Luther of the reformation. He was born Michael King Jr. but, his father changed both their names legally when he was five after being inspired by a trip to Germany visiting reformation sites of THE Martin Luther.
I, too, have visited those sites. I, too, was inspired to want to do more to help end discrimination.
For Nazi Germany, it was anti-Semitism and for the Jim Crow South, racism. Both had white supremacy at their roots. Whether a fight for the Aryan Race (which in Nazi language was a non-Jew Caucasian) or the white supremacy desire of the KKK (American hate group eliciting crimes against blacks or any others they chose to hate), both groups (the Nazis and KKK) desired ethnic cleansing believing purification of the races was needed for proper survival. Yet, God said for us to love all people. After all, “…God does not show favoritism” (Romans 5.8) so we should not either. We can hate the sin, but let’s strive to love the sinner even those who hate others.
Both Martin Luther and Martin Luther King Jr. wanted the world to be a better place.
I often wonder what other differences and advances against racism may have been found in the world had MLK not been assassinated.
Many conspiracy theories have developed over who was to blame for his death. If you ever find yourself in Memphis, take some time to visit the National Civil Rights Museum built around the former Lorraine Motel where MLK was assassinated and you can read up on several of the theories that exist. The museum is very moving especially since everything is just like it would have been the day MLK died. Including entering the building across the street and looking out at the hotel just as the shooter would have all those years ago. All the other exhibits are top notch, too, including stepping on the bus that Rosa Parks was on for the Montgomery bus boycott, listening in on oral histories, or watching one of the 40 plus films. Make sure you plan for enough time to leisurely take it all in. The whole place is absolutely amazing but walking into Dr. King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech on the mall in DC feels like you are actually one of the 250,000 plus bystanders in attendance that day. This is a well done museum with excellent exhibits worthy of a visit. It is in my top 5 in all of the world.
MLK’s nonviolent protests surely would have done so much more good had he still been here to continue his peaceful ways.
On this day that commemorates his death, let’s pause and contemplate what if that assassination never happened on this date way back in 1968.
I think the world might be a little more kinder.
The racial tensions a little more tolerable.
And the love of God would have been proclaiming continually from MLK lips if he still were here these 51 years later.
A life cut short, yet still impactful a half a century later.
I know another life that ended young. It was that of our Savior at just 33. Yet, here we are 2 plus centuries later still introducing others to His name and the freedom we can have from sin because of His sacrifice.
Martin’s life because of Christ means so much more especially knowing we will meet him one day if we too have named Christ as Lord in our own lives.
If you are unsure, don’t delay; accept Christ today so you won’t be left to the fires of Hell one day.*
Live in peace and
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We are all in this together.
That is how we will…
in this sin-sick world.
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