MLK, Champion of Human Rights

It took the peaceful resistance of one human being, Mahatma Gandhi, to inspire democracy in India. Martin Luther King modeled his fight for freedom on Gandhi’s meek but powerful example. By doing so, he touched the hearts of millions who rallied behind his cause. His cause became the cause of a nation of people of all colors and backgrounds, who had one thing in common. Compassion for others, no matter their outward appearance. His example stands today.

As a Christian minister, Reverend King would have found inspiration in Biblical scripture.

The Bible tells us God is love (1 John 4:8) and that even should a sparrow fall, God cares (Matthew 10:29). God wants us to be happy and to treat others as we would like to be treated (Matthew 7:12). Not everyone follows the Golden Rule, however, and we can be wise enough to recognize them. As Matthew 7:16 says, “You shall recognize them by their fruits.”

How should we respond to such hurtful people? 1 Timothy 6:11 says we should follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness.” If someone so hateful seeks to rule over us should we turn the other cheek, as Jesus says in Matthew 5:39? Well, yes. Turning the other cheek doesn’t mean one surrenders to abuse. By turning the other cheek, you are not fleeing, but you are peacefully resisting.

Reverend King knew he must not despair. He must fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12). He must put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-17), which includes the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace and preparation, the shield of faith to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one, the helmet of salvation against lies, and the sword of the spirit.

Today we honor the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Nobel Peace Prize winner, for reaching out to fulfill his dream, freedom for all his people. What courage it took to lead people into violence against them without being violent in return, to face what seemed overwhelming odds. But it led to a greater victory than could have resulted through violence in return. The courage, the appeal of the downtrodden won the hearts of the compassionate majority who then supported the movement.

His dream has become ours, for all people–regardless of race, religion, gender, or social status. We cry out in defense of democracy, of civil rights, of freedom. We cry out in the manner of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and the Standing Rock Lakota Nation. We are all in this together.

Thank you, Dr. King, for your dream.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Brian Piper
    Feb 04, 2017 @ 10:17:12

    Hello Gloria,
    I enjoyed your essay about Doctor Martin Luther King.
    Also, I never heard about “Lakota Nation” so I did a Google search for it and found a lot of references. I checked out the first reference and found an informative website. Also in looking it over, I’d estimate there are probably hundreds of supporting, related websites. These indians are and were a very impressive people with their own advanced culture. While exploring some of their websites, I found references to many historical groups of indians. It is a shame what happened to these people as a result of European invaders. At least many indians were granted reservations on which they could continue to survive and mostly not be further molested. I believe such is the case with those indians of Lakota Nation. I definitely think that oppression others is very much a part of our national history. Fortunately, many of these people have survived and done well. They are good examples of a persistence against great odds.


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