Monday, January 16, 2006

Already Forgotten

It's Monday—today is the nationally recognized holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Like many of us, besides rejoicing that it's only a four-day week, you may have not given his legacy a second thought. If upon reflecting on King and his legacy, you only naively rejoiced that his "dream" has been accomplished, but did not weep at the complacency of we the Church in carrying out the work that King, in Christ, called us to, you are deceived.

The more I have learned about King, the more I am shocked and disappointed at the lack of attention we give to this great hero of the Christian faith. King stood bold as a Christian against the injustices of his day, and we need to be challenged by this modern prophet of Christ to do the same. There is still so much injustice in the world, and if we honor King, we should honor his words as well: "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

It's a wonderful thing to see that every year hundreds of Christians participate in ministries through their churches. Many of the ministries involve working with youth in impoverished areas. These sorts of ministries offer tangible ways to find to share the love of Christ with others. But this alone is inefficient and insufficient. We must not forget King's example and stand against the systems of oppression that persist.

So when people say, what do you expect us to do, I say, 'I expect you to rise up, as courageous people have done before in America, and raise hell.' Maybe you’ve heard this before, but it stands repeating: there was a community that built a school on the edge of a cliff. Upon discovering that a number of students where injured seriously from falling off the cliff, the community decided to build an emergency room at the bottom of the cliff. Though this did help care for the situation, it was reactive toward the outcome of the problem and did not deal with the root. Why did they not build a fence?!

King once said, “Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.” Please deepen your understanding and act. Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, a great hero of our faith who led a movement that changed the face of our country for good. He was a man of faith, and he did not waver in his call to fellow believers. In fact, one of his most famous writings was a letter to eight of his fellow clergymen in Alabama. The majority of his available writings are sermons, and his public speaking consists predominantly of sermons.

Don't just enjoy your day off—enjoy the opportunity to learn about King and what his message was truly about. Then make a commitment to help complete it.We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. This command requires far more than the few hours or minutes we tend to give it each day. Indeed, in the words of King, “The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others. "

~by Ariah Fine (

1 comment:

ariah fine said...

Thanks for posting my article. I hope you enjoyed it and that it moved you in some way.

Nice blog by the way, I'll stop by more often.


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