|English: Photograph of Rosa Parks|
with Dr. Martin Luther King jr.
(ca. 1955) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Today we remember the life of a remarkable man, the Rev.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I can hardly think of an individual who did more for the Civil Rights of all people than this man.
Though many may disparage his foibles, this preacher was willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good. Thrown into the Montgomery bus boycott, King became president of the MIA. Subsequently, he rides the first integrated bus.
|President Lyndon B. Johnson and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. meet at the White House, 1966 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
He's arrested, accused of being a communist, and still he strives for equality of all races, and fights for the end of poverty.
Eventually, he is assassinated--a horrid end for a man who strove for peace and the end of inequitable laws.
And then there's Al Sharpton, a man who deserves no reverend suffix to his name. He wants fame and perpetrates false civil rights atrocities to make a name for himself. This begins with the Tawana Brawley debacle.
He's notorious for tax evasion. With any civil rights disturbance, he pokes his nose into the situation.
His language is as strident and hate-filled as Rev. King's was eloquent and righteous.
His list of infamy goes on and on, and I do not care to elaborate on it. To my thinking, he illustrates verse 14.
These two men perfectly illustrate today's scripture. King is wise. His knowledge gentle and godly. His fame found him. He did not seek it for fame alone. He was reasonable, gentle, full of mercy and willing to pay the price for righteousness.
Sharpton? You can form your own opinion.
As the week goes one and we move into Black History month, remember the godly, the men like King, who make our world a better place.