the mountaintop

MlkThe man could preach you know? [Check it out] I have often been amazed at how few people have ever heard Martin Luther King, Jr. preach a sermon. Yes, he was one of the great oritors of the 20th Century… but he was also one of the most profound preachers I have ever read.

Of course, there is nothing new about this kind of civil disobedience. It was seen sublimely in the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to obey the laws of Nebuchadnezzar because a higher moral law was involved. It was practiced superbly by the early Christians who were willing to face hungry lions and the excruciating pain of chopping blocks, before submitting to certain unjust laws of the Roman empire.

I’m grateful to God that, through the Negro church, the dimension of nonviolence entered our struggle.

Was not Jesus an extremist for love — (Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963)