“Don’t worry about what you will eat or drink or wear. The people of the world seek all these things. Your Heavenly Father already knows that you too need all these things. But seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, and all these (other) things will be provided for you as well.” Matthew 6:31-33
On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. On August 28, 2011 the world will remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the Mall in Washington, DC. As we prepare to remember the contributions of Dr. King at this historical dedication, let us also consider “The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century” as we prepare to have “A Candid Discussion in Context of the Dream of Dr. King”
In the early 1970s, I wrote a song: “Let freedom ring, let freedom ring, and thank God that King had a dream.” The dedication ceremony will be at 11:00 on Sunday morning, the hour when many Christians across the nation will be in traditional church services, praising God. Even though I will be standing on the Mall in DC, before a statue of my uncle, Dr. King, I too will be giving thanks and praises to God.
In 2 Chronicles 28: 19-25, the BIBLE says King Ahaz had destroyed the spiritual fiber of his nation, which led to a spiritual collapse in his personal life. (Living Bible Translation-1971). Other translations say that he rebelled against God, did not obey God, etc. But the LBT version says King Ahaz destroyed the spiritual fiber of his nation, Judah, and as a result had a spiritual collapse.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often spoke of spiritual and moral turpitude. I believe that if Dr. King were here today, he would warn us that America is on the verge of a spiritual collapse due to the attacks on the spiritual fiber or fabric of this blessed land.
Attacks like abortion; euthanasia; human trafficking; attempts to dismantle the God model of procreative marriage and the family; the incarceration of our children; the secular humanism influence over our education; the waste and greed that hover over our economy; the attempts to redefine the purity and beauty of human sexuality; the reimaging of everything that is life affirming in the media; the sickness and diseases that are consequences of our irresponsible and sinful choices; these attacks are surely bringing us to a potential state of spiritual collapse.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has often been called “The Black Moses.” We would do well to remember that Moses went to the mountaintop, yet did not go to the other side. Dr. King went to his mountaintop as well. There is one major difference in how God dealt with these two men at the end of their lives. God hid Moses’ body at the time of his death. It is written that the Angel Michael who was on guard over Moses’ body resisted Satan with these words: Satan, “the Lord rebuke you! (Jude 1:9)”
While God did not hide Martin’s body, there has been much cause to sometimes wish that God had hidden the body of the modern day prophet MLK. If Dr. King’s body had been hidden, people would never have been tempted to idolize and lionize the man of God. So hopefully we will receive the invitation not to idolize Dr. King in the coming days, but to rather remember his love for Jesus Christ, and his devotion and love for all humanity.
We started this message with the passage from Matthew 6: “Seek first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness and all else that we need will be provided for us by God.” Dr. King humbled himself before God; he became increasingly God dependent. Even Dr. King’s search for the “Beloved Community” was really part of his search for The Kingdom of God. God’s Kingdom is founded on Agape Love, for it is truly written that “God is Love.”
So in conclusion, let us consider this, the best way to honor and remember a man or woman of God is to practice Agape Love towards each other. So let August 28, 2011, and really every day, be a day of brotherly and sisterly love.
And finally and truly, if we wish to honor Dr. King, we would do well to remember that 21st Century America is in a state of need of repentance and revival. We would do well to remember Dr. King’s dream. We would do best to honor his God.