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Martin Luther King

Posted by appolus on April 4, 2008

I have a dream this day. I dream that men and woman of God around the world would rise up and take their rightful place in the Kingdom of God. If that means death to the flesh, or perhaps even literal death, then is it not better to die for our God in the glorious cause of freedom than to live out our lives in mediocrity? Better to only live one more day, but live that day a free man, than to live forty more years in the shadow of fear. Better to die in the street a chain breaker, than to be found cowering behind the door with a gun, ready to shoot anyone who “tries to get me and mine.”

 MARTIN LUTHER KING

Today is the day, forty years ago, that Martin Luther King was shot. When I consider his life and the lives of those who were involved in that movement, I am deeply moved at their courage and the commitment to truth and to justice.

I believe, that to a genuine Christian, injustice is one of the hardest things to deal with. It goes against everything that we are and when we witness it, no matter where, no matter what the context, it is always agonizing to our souls. We instinctively begin to march in lockstep behind the forces that would right a wrong.

The reason we do this is because we are recipients of the outcome of the greatest injustice known to man. When Jesus was lynched, when Jesus was dragged in front of men who cared nothing for justice, who had already decided what to do with Him, then we know that His Holy Spirit burns within us with a spirit that identifies with all lynched men. We identify with injustice, wherever it would take place around the world.

When I see the old footage of the peace marches and I see vicious dogs being set on innocent people, my spirit rises up within me. Oh how I would rather take my place in the march and face danger and death at every turn, than to be found behind the curtain, safe, but somehow part of the baying crowd who sought to do harm to those who marched.

When I saw the contorted faces of those whose hearts were filled with hatred, murder in their eyes for men, woman and children, just because of the color of their skin, it makes me shudder. Yet here is the most glorious and brilliant part of Martin Luther Kings movement……..non-violence.

This is the strategy of the sermon on the mount. This is the universal principal of not returning evil for evil. This is the strategy of Calvary itself. It is so sad that so few Christians move in this glorious freedom. Freedom from revenge, freedom from the chains of hatred, freedom from the bondage of bitterness. Only those,  who move in this freedom can love with a supernatural love, everything else is of this earth and is from the flesh.

When I witnessed the news-clips from those days of the civil rights movement, men and woman coming under withering attacks from the forces of evil and they simply lay down in the streets and refused to fight back, I witnessed true strength. This is the power of God. Every part of our humanity screams out for people to defend themselves. It is in our very DNA , the gene of self defence and survival.

So when Jesus begins to teach His people with a series of “You have heard that it was said…………but I say to you,” then He begins to teach revolution. Not a revolution against civil authorities, although it can have that outcome, but a revolution against the very essence of sinful man. Every part of self , every corrupted gene in the human body is taken on and exposed on the Mount. Jesus gives us the strategy to destroy the wickedness of the flesh and to become new creatures in Him.

So when our enemy spits in our face, slaps it, then we turn the other cheek. When he assaults us, compels us, we do not resist, but rather we surrender to the flesh and return love. Even as I write this my own flesh rises up. It so goes against my humanity, my manliness, my Scottishness.  Yet my Jesus told me that if my enemy compels me to carry a load for a mile, I was to carry it for two. If he steals my coat I was to give him my cloak also. Can I give you a modern day example?I warn you, this will be rough, especially for men.

You are out for the evening with your wife. You leave the restaurant and head towards your car. Out of the shadows a man steps forward and punches you in the face. You are knocked to the ground. Your wife is screaming. He leans down and takes your wallet from your inside pocket. He laughs and turns slowly to walk away. You reach into your pocket and grab the $20 bill that you have there and you say sir, you forgot this and you hand him the $20 bill.

Does this story not assault every part of who you are as a man? This author does not claim this kind of strenght. Yet we know that Jesus on the cross was not without His power. We know that at any point in time and space that Jesus could have defended Himself, He could have destroyed the forces that were ripping Him apart. Yet, the very people that were ripping Him apart, you and me, were the people that He had came to save. “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” He rendered unto them love rather than hatred. That love was a demonstration, not a feeling. His love was proven by the fact that He did not strike back, His love was proven by the fact that He could strike back but chose not to. It was in the choice not to avenge, not to render evil for evil that evil was exposed, humiliated and destroyed.

We know Martin Luther King today, this country is changed today, because of this policy of non-violence. Many of the chains that bound us as a people were broken because some chose to lie down in the street and not fight back. The people that were exposed were the ones who were fighting and screaming and filled with evil.

Who do you know today who deserves your wrath? Who has wronged you today ? In your own personal story, which force is going to win out? Will you go to your death beds having lived a life of defending yourselves and your rights? If you truly want to see victory in your life, if reconciliation is truly a goal of yours will you employ the ways that seem so right to you? Or, will you go back to the sermon on the mount, will you revisit Calvary and learn from the Master of your soul.

I have a dream this day. I dream that men and woman of God around the world would rise up and take their rightful place in the Kingdom of God. If that means death to the flesh, or perhaps even literal death, then is it not better to die for our God in the glorious cause of freedom than to live out our lives in mediocrity? Better to only live one more day, but live that day a free man, than to live forty more years in the shadow of fear. Better to die in the street a chain breaker, than to be found cowering behind the door with a gun, ready to shoot anyone who “tries to get me and mine.”

2 Responses to “Martin Luther King”

  1. timbob said

    Greetings. It’s so contrary to human nature, and yet, it’s so liberating. To just “let it go” when someone wrongs us. Jesus instructed us to pray for those who persecute and despitefully use us. I know that when someone rubs me the wrong way and I begin to lift them up in prayer, the eternal perspective in manifest. They become, not an adversary, but a priceless soul for whom Jesus died. (Which is the truth of the matter)

    This is such a profound truth; that of loving our neighbor and seeing the eternal perspective as opposed to our own short-sighted itineraries. In the example that you gave; of the guy offering up a $20 that the robber had missed, imagine the impact this would have on the robber. He would be perplexed, but it would ultimately cause a softening in his heart. A softening that, at some point in the future, may make him receptive to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    This post offers great insight on this issue. Thanks. Have a blessed weekend in Jesus.

    timbob

  2. appolus said

    Hi Timbob….thanks for dropping by and sharing. Your right, it is very liberating. He who the Son sets free is free indeed. We are “peculiar,” people and the more that we live the peculiar life, the more that He is glorified and the kingdom of darkness sustains damage………Frank

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