In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK-Memorial

 

Few Americans have impacted our nation to the degree like that of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This holiday is always an important one, especially in light of the recent, racial turmoil over several police shootings between 2014-2015. For me, it’s both a sober day and a hopeful one. One never knows how much good is possible until making the effort. There are other instances where very little headway is made at all. In the end, I live in the space between both poles. It is a place of tension. The same goes for my fellow Americans and the rest of humanity throughout the globe. Thank you, Lord, for Dr. King, Jr. and the gift of his life.

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“Sin explains confusion and difficulty in communication.  Sin explains hatred and animosity, racism, and ethnocentricity.  Seen in the light of the gospel, racial and ethnic differences are not accidental.  They reflect the perfect plan of a perfect God.  And they are not overcome by the gospel – they are glorified by the gospel.  The community of the new covenant [or the church] looks like this people preparing for this second table, the table of the Lamb.  The new covenant community [or the church] lives not by avoiding diversity of ethnicities, but by embracing and celebrating it.  The new covenant community [or the church] lives looking forward to the marriage supper of the Lamb when men and women from every tongue, tribe, people, and nation will gather around the table of the king.”

 

(R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Southern Seminary Magazine, “The Table of the Nations, The Tower of Babel, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb,” Vol. 83, No. 2, p23, Spring 2015)

Racial Diversity, the Gospel, and the Church