Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr
…Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Luke 2:41-52
The following are excerpts from one of Dr. Kings earliest recorded sermons given on February 28, 1954 at 2nd Street Baptist Church in Detroit Michigan, titled “Rediscovering Lost Values.” **
Now, the real thing that is to be seen here is this: that the parents of Jesus realized that they had left, and that they had lost a mighty precious value. They had sense enough to know that before they could go forward to Nazareth, they had to go backward to Jerusalem to rediscover this value. (That’s right) They knew that. They knew that they couldn’t go home to Nazareth until they went back to Jerusalem. (Come on)
And I think, my friends, that that is the thing that has happened in America. That we have unconsciously left God behind. Now, we haven’t consciously done it; we have unconsciously done it. You see, the text, you remember the text said that Jesus’ parents went a whole day’s journey not knowing that he wasn’t with them. They didn’t consciously leave him behind. (Well) It was unconscious; went a whole day and didn’t even know it. It wasn’t a conscious process. You see, we didn’t grow up and say, “Now, goodbye God, we’re going to leave you now.” The materialism in America has been an unconscious thing. Since the rise of the Industrial Revolution in England, and then the invention of all of our gadgets and contrivances and all of the things and modern conveniences—we unconsciously left God behind. We didn’t mean to do it.
Go out and be assured that that God is going to last forever. (Yes) Storms might come and go…..
If we are to go forward, (Oh yes) we must go back and rediscover these precious values: (Well) that all reality hinges on moral foundations (Lord have mercy) and that all reality has spiritual control. (Yes) God bless you. (Amen, Amen, Amen)
**The full sermon can be read at : The Martin Luther King Jr, Research and Education Institute of Stanford University
I share a birthday with this Dear Gentleman. 🙂 Can you imagine the conversations with Dr. King and the Lord. Oh to be the fly on the wall. Soon very soon we all will be in on those lovely conversations. PTL!!!
I continue to be encouraged by such fine words he spoke and spoke well. Thank you for pointing us back to them today. May we consciously serve and submit each day to our Sweet Jesus.
Thank you again Dear Friend for this encouragement…k
All Praise to God. You are welcome. Thank you so much for your comment. I too look forward to the day of such conversation!
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This is an inspirational post. Dr. King would remain one of the iconic figures who changed the direction of Mankind’s history.
Thank you for your comment. Peace and Blessings
There are very few personages who are specially created by our Creator to change the course of the people in general. Such people remain etched in the memory lane for ever and ever because they lived for others and not for themselves.
Martin Luther King, Jr was one amongst them.
Very true. Thank you for liking the post. Peace and Blessings as well.
Thank you so very much for your kind words.
May the blessings of our Lord always remain with us all and remain guiding us ever and ever.
All praise to God – You’re Welcome.
May His presence remain in us all.
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