This sparked me to search and read more about Dr. MLK, Jr., one of the greatest leaders, heart-moving speakers, passionate lovers of God, Jesus, and his fellow man we could all learn from.
Martin Luther King, Jr’s willingness to put his life of actions behind his words (words which were very Biblical based) demonstrates one of the best modern day examples of a person living out a life of sacrificial love and leadership with the purpose of transforming a community (a state, a nation, a world) into the likeness of the Kingdom of God, that has been seen in the last 75 years.
Take a few minuets and read some of these quotes and reflect on their truth…truth that continues to be lived out today in each of our lives. When reading them, keep in mind the conversation between Jesus and Pilate found in John 18:37-38 “What is truth?”
Martin Luther King, Jr. Born: 1/15/29 Died: 4/4/68
“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.”
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
“All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.”
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”