“‘The wolf and lamb will graze together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox; and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain,’ says the LORD.”
We had the opportunity again to remember and celebrate this week the work and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I’ve read some of the Dr. King’s sermons and speeches and over and over again I read not only his passion for equality among God’s people, but that ALL should express love towards one another. This is one of his statements on love: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Today we hear so much rhetoric from many who still push the equality message, but do so with division, with hate filled speech, with a message of revenge and retribution instead of love. And often say, they are carrying on the legacy of Dr. King. This week Dr. King’s daughter reiterated the message of love and peace her father desired in carrying out his work in the civil rights movement. She said he would not have condoned the message of hate and revenge.
The Rev. Dr. King had it right in his quote above. Evil, hate, and darkness needs the “Light” of love to shine upon it. Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12 You see there is the key, “he who follows Me.” You have to wonder in our world today, all those who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, but yet their message, their speech, doesn’t match God’s commands for us as followers. I know someone is already saying, “Marty, you are judging.” No, what I’m trying to do is place their message against scripture. God’s Holy Word is all I have to gage it against.
I believe all true followers of Jesus Christ desire peace and love to pervade our world. We would love to see all people lay down their arms and get along. Getting along doesn’t mean always agreeing, but in disagreement, doing so with peaceful discourse. Loving one another as God calls us to do, does not mean that you have to agree with or condone someone’s life style that is contrary to God’s Word. It means it is only love can be poured into that person to show them God’s love and ultimately God’s way. His Spirit and His Word reign as Truth and it is there we should take our stand.
ONE DAY though, this will be a mute subject. God will carry out His perfect plan and His Word will ring true. “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murders and immoral persons and sorceress and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Rev. 21:7-8
You see Isaiah’s prophecy will come to pass, “the wolf will graze with the lamb and the lion will eat straw with the ox.” Paul’s pronouncement will come to pass also: “…so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil. 2:10-11
I love Dr. King’s message and believe it was his desire that ALL love one another the way Christ loves us. It is certainly a goal worth striving for and I believe would be pleasing to God.
But, ONE DAY, one day God will accomplish what we as mortals in human sinful flesh have never been able to accomplish. He will turn our upside down world right side up and receive all who believe and are His sheep. I’m looking forward to that day!!! How about you? It will happen, One Day! Until then folks, keep sharing HIS love!
Blessings to you all, Pastor Marty