Where’s the next Martin Luther King?
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time to look back at one of history’s most prominent figures in the Civil Rights Movement. This young Baptist minister is remembered for his unwavering commitment to equality and ending racial prejudice.
Dr. King was a powerful voice for peaceful change, and you can be, too, by understanding the driving force behind his message.
Dr. King was an ordinary man who knew his purpose and where it came from. His call to love others and treat them with respect was motivated by his faith in Jesus Christ. “Love has within it a redemptive power,” he said. “And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. … This is why Jesus says love.”
In fact, the Bible tells us the greatest thing we can do is love God and love others (Mark 12:30-31). That gives us the power to break through barriers that still exist today—barriers like inequality and hate.
Jesus set the ultimate example for us by loving people unconditionally. He spent time with people from all backgrounds and transformed them from the inside out. He even died out of love for us, to bridge the gap between us and God so those who trust in Him can have a relationship with God and peace in their hearts.
Evangelist Billy Graham, who was a friend of Dr. King, said during the Civil Rights Movement: “Jesus was not a white man; He was not a black man. He came from that part of the world that touches Africa and Asia and Europe. Christianity is not a white man’s religion, and don’t let anybody ever tell you that it’s white or black. Christ belongs to all people; He belongs to the whole world.”
Jesus Christ is for you, too. He can give you peace and the ability to change the world we live in through His transforming love. Will you make Jesus part of your life today?
Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!
Step 2 – Man is sinful and separated from God.
Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!
Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?
I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness.
I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died
for my sin and that you raised Him to life.
I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord,
from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will.
I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."