King by Effraim Smith – Jan 9, 2020
- Lift up the Importance of Education
Too many young people have no sense of the lives sacrificed for integrated schools and access to higher education.
- Lift up the Importance of Participation in Democracy
Lives were also sacrificed for the right to vote for all citizens
- Lift up the Beloved Community
This was Dr. King bringing the vision and values of the Kingdom of God into the mainstream of the nation. It’s also a wake-up call to the church to connect evangelism and justice.
- Plant and Develop Multi-ethnic and Missional Church Service
11:00am on Sunday morning still remains a segregated hour in too many churches
- Study Matthew 25:31-40
Develop an understanding that the first drum major for justice was Jesus
- Teach children the stories of Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges in church Sunday School classes
(Especially in non African-American churches)
- Plan a trip to Washington D.C. with your family and see the monument in his honor, which includes inspiring quotes by Dr. King
- Develop a serious and fruitful friendship with someone of another ethnicity/race.
- Explore deeply and confess your own racism, prejudice, sexism, and neglect of the poor.
- Thank God for how far we’ve come, but the work is not done.
We’re not where we should be, but don’t act like God hasn’t brought us a mighty long way. Balance your lament with praise.