Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesus Christ

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

“If I can’t do great things; I can do small things in great ways.”

This saying may seem like a regular pump yourself up in the morning quote hoping to instill a spark to a fading spirit. But that is not the case here. This saying by Martin Luther King Jr. has been liked on my Twitter account over 800 times and retweeted  675 times in 7 months or so. Easily my highest rated tweet.

This saying may seem like a regular pump yourself up in the morning kind of quote hoping to instill a spark to a fading spirit. But that is not the case here These words were said by Martin Luther King Jr. have been liked on my Twitter account over 800 times and retweeted  675 times in 7 months or so. Easily my highest rated tweet.

It got me wondering what made this quote so worthy of all the attention. Was it the quote itself? Does it touch people down in the depths of their feels and inflame a hidden passion? Or was it the man, MLK, who died much too young, murdered by a man full of hate? I think it’s the later. The saying itself is nice, but being said by a man who practically was the civil rights movement of the 1960s, takes it to a different level.

I admit I didn’t know a lot about Mr. King. I knew of him, but never took the time to research the particulars until now. I’m glad I did. A few things stand out that I never knew took place. Did you know that Martin skipped both the 9th and 11th grade, entering college, Morehouse State, at 15 years old? From there it was off to seminary where he was valedictorian. From there he went to Boston University and earned his Doctorate. Wow. He then took over the family business, preaching, which he practiced in Montgomery, Alabama. This was the time of Rosa Parks and Martin was on it. He believed that non-violence was the only way things were going to change white people’s view of discrimination. He learned this on a trip he took to India in 1959 where he met at length with and spoke to Gandhi about his views on demonstration.

The night Rosa Parks was arrested for not giving up her seat to a white person, King was chosen to lead a strike on the bus system of Montgomery. The strike lasted 382 days and during that time, the law regarding segregation on the city’s buses was eliminated. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

You might be saying to yourself, “That’s nice, but so what?”. And you are entitled to that opinion. But think for a minute on all that King accomplished. He, almost alone, started the Civil Rights movement. Yes, there were others, but the totality of King’s accomplishments are amazing.

And through it all, King lived for Christ. There are many quotes you don’t hear from the main stream media regarding his motivation for wanting to see his people equal to others.

“If any earthly institution or custom conflicts with God’s will, it is your Christian duty to oppose it. You must never allow the transitory, evanescent demands of man-made institutions to take precedence over the eternal demands of the Almighty God.”

“God wants to start another movement in Nashville — a great movement of His Spirit in ordinary people.  Come visit The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207, on Sundays at 10:45 am. and Tuesdays at 6:00 pm. — where, instead of a sermon, ordinary people show and tell what God has done!”

“By opening our lives to God in Christ, we become new creatures. This experience, which Jesus spoke of as the new birth, is essential if we are to be transformed nonconformists . . . Only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit.”

These quotes are important to me because it illuminates his Christianity. We know he was a minister, but I haven’t read very much about his views on Christ. I would have loved to have spoken with him. Now that I think about it, someday I will.

Martin Luther KIng’s Jr. life was filled doing great things. Big and small. I want to believe that people like to put themselves into other’s quotes to see if they would measure up. It gives us hope that we can also do something to make a difference. With Christ, we can always make a difference.

Do you agree? Let me know.