Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)
Remembrance and Reflection
by Terri Harper
In 1986 our Nation found it befitting to acknowledge the life contributions of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King’s legacy of Civil Rights was firmly set in motion on December 5, 1955 in a Montgomery, Alabama. There He delivered a speech he called the most decisive he ever made. Inclusive in the speech is the following:
…But, [he continues] our method will be that of persuasion not coercion. We will only say to the people, “Let your conscience be your guide.” Our actions must be guided by the deepest principles of our Christian faith… Once again we must hear the words of Jesus echoing across the centuries: “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, and pray for them that despitefully use you.”
He concludes as follows:
“If you will protest courageously and yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written [in future generations], the historians will [have to pause and] say: “There lived a great people – a black people who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization”.
In the midst of great turmoil, insurmountable odds, great oppression, and bondage to the injustices of man, Dr. King understood that the battle could and would be won if fought in a manner that reflected the principles and precepts of G-D.
The events and successes of the Civil Rights movement remind us of another Great Oppression, the Hebrew bondage in Egypt. That oppression was also fought and won by
G-D. G-D in history chose to use Dr. King as He chose to use Moshe. G-D in history delivered a nation from the injustices of man with an outstretched hand and a mighty arm, just as He did from the beginning with Moshe and the Hebrew people.
As we reflect upon the goodness and greatness of Adonai, may we be encouraged to know that no battle is ours – it is His. May we be strengthened by the knowledge that any battle fought in His wisdom and strength – will be won. May we be resolved to fight in a manner worthy of our calling in Messiah Yeshua.