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Old 01-16-2011, 07:12 PM
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Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King Jr.

A quote from Martin Luther King Jr's Letter from a Birmingham Jail.
"In deep disappointment I have wept over the laxity of the church. But be assured that my tears have been tears of love. There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. Yes, I love the church. How could I do otherwise? I am in the rather unique position of being the son, the grandson and the great grandson of preachers. Yes, I see the church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.
There was a time when the church was very powerful--in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being "disturbers of the peace" and "outside agitators."' But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were "a colony of heaven," called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be "astronomically intimidated." By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests. Things are different now. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church's silent--and often even vocal--sanction of things as they are.
But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust."
These words from decades ago have sadly come true. Christianity has been marginalized and is a dying religion at least in influence on a culture desperately in need of the message of Jesus.
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Wonderful Quote from one of my heros. In my opinion, he helped prevent a "blood-bath" back in the 60's/70's.

One thing we need to remember however is that what changed the world back in the early days was faith being expressed through Love. I don't believe the early Church set out to change any social structures, they just showed the world Jesus, and the power that comes from His resurrection and Life. They showed the world the LIGHT, and darkness fled.
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