On January 15th our nation celebrated the birthday of its one of its most influential citizens. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was never elected to public office, but was followed by many. He held no political appointment, but was able to move the conscience of the country. The impact of his words and self-sacrifice is still felt around the world. His example still inspires people to live lives of significance, seeking to better the world around them. His sermons and speeches still stir our hearts. Tears are still shed over his assassination.
Martin Luther King, Jr. is remembered as one of the world’s greatest civil rights leaders. He was a “drum major for justice.” His faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was not merely expressed with words, but also was proven with deeds. We are saved and justified by faith alone, but that saving, justifying faith in Christ is not alone – it’s presence is proven by our acting on it…
James 2:15-18 (ESV); 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
…Our brother, Martin, showed us his faith.