So, I devoted this week to Dr. King, his honor, and his unfinished business. This is the finale. The Reverend King was a once in a generation man who happened upon a once in a lifetime historical moment. He was a man exuding with appreciation of life, the grandest will to love, and full of wisdom. We honor a hero and a lodestar for a world even more in turmoil than the one embraced and challenged by the preacher from Georgia.
… Dr. King was a man who knew how to transform what was meant for evil against him into good and for the salvation for many. And when you have learned to do this personally, you can do it socially.
This is why my people were out marching and serving the community this last Monday. This is why we use our days off for a chance to serve. Spiritual people today need to muster up a great creative and transformative force. For there are many things, things meant for evil hundreds and hundreds of years ago that have gone untransformed. We have a genocide on our hands of the Native Peoples who were here first. We have a race-based slavery that has never been transformed. It has been repealed and legislated against, but we have never gone to the mount Everest of transforming these evils. Why are there no White Christians partnering with Native American Christians who lead their youth on mission trips for repentance atop the hundreds of trails of death in our country? Why are the museums on slavery in our country struggling in our current economy? We must creatively find ways to transform what was meant for evil into good, for the future salvation of many. This is why our community is taking a trip to the Freedom Center in Cincinnati in February.
What do we do with the life of Dr King? What do we do with his unfinished dream? How do we respond like Jospeh when we face the evils of this world, when they are too big for our limits or too personal for our comfort? What would it look like if you could become a person in a community who learned to transform what was meant for evil into the salvation of many? How would it change your city? How could the world be changed? But most importantly, how could changed hearts transform your neighborhood? We each have our own claim to the good life. Is it impacting your neighbors?
Dr. King’s death was not in vain. It only made him stronger. In life, he transformed his personal disappointments and social evils into the salvation for many. In death he added his life to the ongoing accumulation of unmerited suffering, which is never in vain but not yet enough. Are we up for the climb to Everest? Will we, after a life in the wells and prisons of our storied lives, have the grace to know that it has transformed what was meant for evil into the salvation for many? In the end, we must, like Dr. King and ultimately like Jesus, pray earnestly for peace but also work vigorously both personally and socially for the end of wars, for brotherhood, for justice, and for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.