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.

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Donating Your Voice to the Speechless

VocalID.org is looking for volunteers to donate their voices to those without speech. It costs you nothing, except a few moments of your time. Let me tell you about the speechless. You’re fam…

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Donating Your Voice to the Speechless

VocalID.org is looking for volunteers to donate their voices to those without speech. It costs you nothing, except a few moments of your time.

Let me tell you about the speechless. You’re familiar with Stephan Hawking, the great physicist, right? The paralyzed genius in the wheelchair?

Lou Gehrig’s disease stole Stephen Hawking’s natural voice. And then he received an artificial voice that allows him to communicate in  spoken words. This program is available to others who cannot speak, due to accident or disease. The one drawback is that everyone who uses it sounds like Stephen Hawking. Disconcerting, especially if that person is a little girl. And can you imagine a roomful of these people, conversing and all sounding alike?

Well, VocalID.org came to the rescue with recorded voices that match what the recipient would normally sound like. A woman, a little boy, an old man…

Are you intrigued enough to be a volunteer? It’s painless and free. Check it out. VocalID.org. All you need is a computer, a microphone, and a quiet room. Have fun!

 

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