Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Every year when Martin Luther King Jr. Day draws near, I like to show my students the video of Dr. King’s famous I Have A Dream speech. I explain about the terrible segregation and discrimination that Dr. King and others worked to end. I explain that his speech happened while Congress was considering the Civil Rights Act and that they benefit from Dr. King’s work and the work of others because we have a law against discrimination.

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Each time I watch the speech, I get goosebumps. I was a child during the Civil Rights movement. I was only ten years old when Dr. King was killed. But even as a child, I admired him and what he stood for.

The church should be the place where equality is the norm and not the exception. The only way to become a Christian is through the cross of Jesus. We are all sinners who need forgiveness and we find it at the foot of the cross of Jesus. There are no elite people before the cross of Jesus.

Paul wrote something revolutionary 2,000 years ago. In Galatians 3 we read:

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”

There is to be no dividing line in the church. We are all one in Christ Jesus.

The Christian’s thought should only be does a person we meet know Jesus or not.

God has blessed me with the wonderful opportunity to share his love with people from all over the world. My childhood days of feeling inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., becoming best friends with the only African American boy in 7th grade, becoming good friends with two Native American brothers in 10th grade, set the tone early on for what would be my future calling from God to share his love with people from diverse cultures.

I am thankful for the impact Dr. King had on me as a child.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

33 thoughts on “Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  1. Only the Love of Jesus can cut through the barriers which cause division between people of all color. As you you continually share in all your writings, Jesus loves all. If the eyes are the window to our souls, do you think if we were all “color blind”, His Love would shine through?♡

  2. I spent 4 years of my childhood in Birmingham Alabama – during the early 60’s. I saw discrimination along with a lack of love and compassion even in my church. It made me realize at an early age that every one matters and we are all loved by God.

  3. Christ died for all and Jesus loves all! Greater love hath no man than that he lay down his life for his friends! That’s what Jesus did for us and that’s what we are told to do for others! God bless you and your students!

  4. Thank you for speaking out on this issue. As a people of faith we are called to address this sin. Racism is a sin because it denies the very source of humanity and the image of God in humankind, destroys the likeness of God in every person, believes that human beings are not equal before God and are not apart of the family of God and is contrary to biblical teaching.

      1. Well, I wasn’t doing great, and my prayer time felt like a disaster, but then God blessed me by sending in a couple of “angels” to calm me down. 😊 So I’m doing better than I was when my day started!

      1. He is one of mine also even though I am not an American. Last year black history month I share two of his speeches on my blog – If I had just sneeze and I have a dream. They are powerful. Every time I listened to them I cried.

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