Monday, January 15, 2007

In Memoriam, Not Memorabilia

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered today, and that is good.
Every child of God is special in His sight. Though some may feel that Dr. King’s assassination
was a terrible tragedy, I don’t see it that way-bear with me for a few more sentences.
Think about this: our lives are the Lord’s, to do with as He sees fit. God is the one who sets the number of our days. To think it shameful that someone is struck down in his prime is close to second-guessing God. God made no mistake on that day in Memphis. He brought His child home.

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

I encourage you to read about Dr. King today-websites and newspapers and media programs will all be remembering the man. As you look through the tributes, see if you can find any mention of Jesus Christ.
Dr. King was a Baptist minister, though denomination isn’t as important as to Whom we belong.
Dr. King is our brother in Christ, who, if he could look down from Heaven, would probably be dismayed at the co-opting and hijacking of what is called his legacy.
Dr. King was a sinner saved by Grace, just as I am, just as many of us are. That is our only legacy-not what we did in this world, but what God did for us. We echo how Charles Spurgeon identified himself:
“His undeserving servant.”
Remember Dr. King today by Glorifying God for raising up such a man to accomplish His Good Will.
Oh, and if you do find any mention of Jesus Christ in the tributes, please link them back here in the comments. I’d love to see them.