For thousands of years the human race has created monsters and
martyrs. Instead of listening and making positive changes they give
“prospective martyrs” – anyone with the guts to lift humanity up a
rung – a hard time and finally solve the perceived “problem” by
killing them off – the job delegated to those who aspire to “monsterdom.”
Once rid of these bothersome “do-gooders” people can then begin their
hypocritical eulogizing and honoring of the latest enlistee in the ranks
of martyrdom. Martin Luther King, Jr. wasn’t the first and he won’t be
the last one to suffer that fate.
Rightly did Jesus say: (Luke 13:34-35)
34 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and
stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children
together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you
would not have it!
35 "Behold, your house is left to you desolate; and I say to you,
you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, 'Blessed is He
who comes in the name of the Lord!' "
~ New American Standard Bible
The world rarely listens to, or honors, the true peacemakers of God
while they are alive. Don’t you think it’s time that we begin to do so?
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. requires a lot more than having
a holiday named after him. It requires us to be the peacemaking children
of God that Jesus commanded us to be for the whole of creation: our
fellow human beings, the other animals, and the environment in which we