Remembering Dr. King
Jason Yates, CEO MyFaithVotes.org
For over 50 years we have set aside a day each January to remember Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., best known for his leadership in the civil rights movement. Less known is the fact that he was a pastor whose life was guided by the Word of God.
Here’s an excerpt from a sermon he delivered in 1954 to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Detroit Michigan. His words still ring true and are relevant for our culture today.
“There is something wrong with our world, something fundamentally and basically wrong. I don’t think we have to look too far to see that. I’m sure that most of you would agree with me in making that assertion. And when we stop to analyze the cause of our world’s ills, many things come to mind.
We begin to wonder if it is due to the fact that we don’t know enough. But it can’t be that. Because in terms of accumulated knowledge we know more today than men have known in any period of human history…”
He went on to provide the answer to man’s problems.
“I think we have to look much deeper than that if we are to find the real cause of man’s problems and the real cause of the world’s ills today. If we are to really find it I think we will have to look in the hearts and souls of men.
The trouble isn’t so much that we don’t know enough, but it’s as if we aren’t good enough. The trouble isn’t so much that our scientific genius lags behind, but our moral genius lags behind. The great problem facing modern man is that, that the means by which we live, have outdistanced the spiritual ends for which we live. So we find ourselves caught in a messed-up world. The problem is with man himself and man’s soul…
My friends, all I’m trying to say is that if we are to go forward today, we’ve got to go back and rediscover some mighty precious values that we’ve left behind. That’s the only way that we would be able to make of our world a better world, and to make of this world what God wants it to be and the real purpose and meaning of it. The only way we can do it is to go back, and rediscover some mighty precious values that we’ve left behind.”
What are those precious values Rev. King believed our nation had left behind?
- “The first is this—the first principle of value that we need to rediscover is this—that all reality hinges on moral foundations. In other words, that this is a moral universe, and that there are moral laws of the universe, just as abiding as the physical laws…”
- “Then there is a second thing, a second principle that we’ve got to go back and rediscover. And that is that all reality has spiritual control. In other words, we’ve got to go back and rediscover the principle that there is a God behind the process…”
As we remember Rev. King’s legacy today, I encourage you to take some time to listen to or read his sermon “Rediscovering Lost Values” in its entirety. You will be inspired to carry on the timeless biblical values that our nation is so prone to forget.
United. We Stand.