Throughout the United States, today is regarded as Martin Luther King, Jr., day. He is remembered as the man that opened the portal for colored people throughout the nation. His teachings, messages, and persistence paved the way for everyone to be treated equally in America. Here five of my favorite MLK quotes that illustrate and demonstrate how this great man was utilized by God to change America:
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
In other words, character is formed in the midst of persecution. As MLK was constantly being challenged by the world and threatened by minor groups, fear didn’t stop him from doing what was right. He saw this big problem of segregation and decided to stand up when the odds were stacked against him.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
As the Bible verse in 1 Corinthians mentions (We walk by faith, not by sight), MLK mentions that faith is believing even when we cannot see the whole picture. It is to walk forward even when we don’t know how the end will turn out to be.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
I think this one was extremely powerful to me. In other words, we have a voice in this world. That voice is silenced the moment that we don’t pay attention to what is going on and do something about it. The moment that we lose that drive to see things change in our society will be the moment that our lives end completely.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Wherever there is injustice allowed, it can open the doors for it to become global. We have seen several issues that have not been regarded as big issues in the past. However, because of recent support and controversies, these issues have been accepted by the world, such as abortion and same-sex marriages.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
This statement is parallel to the Bible verse where Jesus mentions that we are the light of the world and the salt of the Earth. He also mentions to fight evil with good. Only love is the perfect antidote of evil. If you were to ask me, I would say that Martin Luther King fought this fight of faith the same way that Jesus did, which was with love. He confronted the world of matters that needed to be spoken of. However, he confronted them with love. We can learn a lot from men and women like this!