As I reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the heated conversations concerning remarks President Trump reportedly made during an immigration policy debate, I am focusing upon the King of Kings whom I serve above all!
Dr. King lived and died seeking to help America live out our declaration, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…”
I am reminded that as humans we are one race, the human race (Genesis 1:27; 1 Corinthians 15:45). As image bearers of our Creator, all humans, regardless of ethnicity, economic or educational status, have dignity and worth from the womb to the tomb. I am also reminded that the reason Dr. King, and we today, must labor and sacrifice for common decency and compassion is the fact that humans are sinners. Sin is no respecter of person, nationality, or position (Romans 3:23).
As believers, we must speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). No loyalties, regardless of wealth, ethnicity, position, or political affiliation should exceed a believer’s loyalty to the King of Kings (Luke 9:23-27). As disciples of the King of Kings, believers should not need a law to make us speak or do right! Sound doctrine leads to godly living motivated by love (1 Timothy 1:5-11).
In the absence of sound doctrine, we must promote policies and laws that curtail evil and encourage good. The law cannot change a heart, but it can curtail a lawbreaker from harming others, and when necessary, remove him from society (1 Timothy 1:5-11; Romans 13:1-5).
As a believer, my ultimate desire for human kind is personal salvation and eternal fellowship with the King of Kings, Jesus! (Matthew 28:19-20; John 3:16; Romans 1:14-16; Ephesians 2:8-9)
On this Dr. Martin Luther king JR Day, I am dreaming of more than words and laws to restrain sinful, fallen people. I am dreaming of (Grace [God’s Reconciliation at Christ’s Expense] Relations) an eternity with people from every nation, tribe, kindred, language, and nation in the presence of the King of Kings (Revelations 5:9) in a cultural absence of sin where the first and greatest commandment, love, (Matthew 22:37-40) is natural for all!
Until then I will personally:
- Seek to live a life of love for God and my neighbor.
- Love my ethnically, economically, geographically, and physically diverse family.
- Love and serve with the diverse team at Crossroads Bible College.
- Promote grace relations (speaking, writing, consulting, mentoring, and training) among believers that result in creating communities of light and love.
- Speak the truth in love to the broader community. Support policies and laws that acknowledge the image of God in all human kind and restrain evil.
- Fulfill my debt to proclaim the gospel to all.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day reminds me of my loyalty to the King of Kings. #gracerelations