By Joseph Hayes
It is so easy to forget the past when you have wiped it clean from your memory.
This week, people of all ages took to social media to honor the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.
But a generation ago, the people said far different things about MLK.
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That leads to the question, would our current generation of Americans actually support or celebrate Dr. King and his teachings, the way they appear to on social media?
As MLK Day passed this week, it was easy to find people of all backgrounds and ethnic groups sharing posts featuring a photo of Dr. King alongside a memorable quote.
But if he was alive today, would these same people actually agree with his message and the things he spoke of?
Would American’s today receive what MLK believed about homosexuality? Would they receive what he would have taught on abortion?
Would they listen as He exclaimed the need for our country to turn to Jesus Christ? Or even his overall Bible centered teachings and messages?
The hypocrisy of Americans today can be easily found on days like MLK Day.
As people attempt to honor him, in many cases they actually go against the things he said in the way they treat their neighbors and the people they disagree with.
For many in today’s generation, if you don’t actually agree with someone, it is easy to outcast them or to walk in hatred toward them.
That has become the overall path our nation has chosen on all sides.
When it comes to political opinion, if you don’t agree with the ways of the world, that has chosen to go against God and most of the things King Jr. was known for, you are outcasted or told you don’t deserve to have an opinion.
Have we forgot, that people treated King Jr. the same exact way just a generation ago. Didn’t people attempt to intimidate him? Wasn’t he threatened?
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While many have gone out of their way to show him honor now, they have also ignored and rejected his teachings.
This has made it very easy to understand why we have fallen so far as a nation. We no longer focus on the God that made our country great, but have instead become more wrapped up in our emotions and the things that make us comfortable.
If we wouldn’t even agree with the statements that King Jr. said, what is the actual point of having a national holiday that focuses on his mission?
Is it really all for show?
How many people realize that Martin Luther King Jr. was a Christian, who was known by his Love?
How many understand that his statements came from his attempt to follow the example of Jesus and not simply conform to the ways of the world?
How many people understand that King’s decision to follow Jesus Christ caused him to be outcasted throughout society and eventually even murdered because of his courage and audacity to speak the truth?
If we are going to honor MLK, maybe we should actually honor the One he served and the teachings he is noted for.
Otherwise it becomes just another falsehood that many have chosen to gravitate toward.
Each and every day we continue to watch our nation fall further away from God and actually speak against leaders that have a similar message to what King Jr. focused on.
So it brings up an important question to the forefront. Do we actually want to follow in the example of King Jr.?
Or are we simply attempting to fit in with everyone else and put on a good show for public approval?
I encourage you today, to seek out the God that King Jr. based his life off of. Cling to the real message King Jr. reflected.
That message was centered around displaying the Love that he had learned from Jesus Christ.
That is what actually made him great. Because after all, it was Jesus that said His followers would be known by their Love.
You can forever change your life today, by choosing to receive Jesus Christ in your heart and live out His mission for your life.
To receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, or if you want to rededicate your life to Jesus, believe and say out loud: “Heavenly Father, I come to you in Jesus’ name. Please forgive me for my sins. I believe your Son Jesus was sent to the earth to die for me on the cross and He rose from the dead. I receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Jesus, take my life and use it for your glory. I choose to extend forgiveness to anyone who has sinned against me.”
Welcome to God’s family! Your spirit is born again! Choose to spend time learning more about Jesus in the Bible. You can study Him in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Seek God on what local church you should attend to learn more about Him and choose to put your faith on display by being baptized. As you continue learning about God, be His ambassador and continue sharing what you have learned with everyone. Where you go, the Lord goes. So choose to represent Him today.