Jasper was speeding along the Interstate Highway when he was pulled over by a State Trooper. The officer wrote out the ticket and handed it to him.
“What am I supposed to do with this?” grumbled Jasper as the policeman handed him a speeding ticket.
“Keep it,” said the officer. “When you collect four of them you get a bicycle.”
3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:3(NIV)
I am writing today’s blog on Monday January 15th which would be yesterday by the time you read this. If I didn’t it would be well into Tuesday by the time I posted my weekly blog and some people would wonder what the heck I was doing.
Today is a day where we the people of the United States commemorate the memories and work of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a minister of a Baptist church and civil rights activist. For me probably the most memorable quotes from him was:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Martin Luther King Jr.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Martin Luther King Jr.
It is obvious to me that Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. thoughts in regards to the civil rights movement come from the bible and he expresses some of those thoughts in his more powerful quotes. Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. knew that God loves everyone everywhere without bias regardless of color or culture. Here comes a scripture bomb.
29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. ‘No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31 (NLT)
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 1Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 (NIV)
8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8 (NIV)
I believe that these are a small portion of God’s wisdom that Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. used in his civil rights movement. Using God’s word and love to spearhead the civil rights movement is pure genius and an attribute of a true Christian leader one that everyone should take note of and follow as the Christian leaders that we should be as well.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Revelation 22:21 (KJV)
11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)