Madison Christian Church

Devotional for Jan. 21, 2019

Today is
Martin Luther King Jr. day.   He was a
good man in a number of ways but had his flaws morally and theologically.  I do not celebrate those things about
him.  I have many deep disagreements with
some of his views regarding the Divinity of Jesus, the resurrection, the virgin
conception, the reliability of the gospels etc. 

However,
I do admire his contribution in the area of civil rights.  I celebrate him as a wonderful American
citizen who did much for our country.  I
am not his judge obviously.  But based on
some of his views and unless he changed some of his views about Jesus and
Scripture which I have read, I would question whether or not he was a
Christian. But, being a good man and a good citizen does not make someone a
Christian.   I hope he changed some of
those views before his tragic death in 1968. 
I admire that in the face of opposition, he was known for choosing the
more difficult path of non-violence.  I
agree with this quote from MLK: “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so
tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism.”  There are some today who believe racism is in
our DNA and that we cannot help but be racist! 
Some believe we see racism everywhere!

We live
in a time when there are many “causes” dominating the headlines: women, the
unborn, racial equality, immigration reform etc.   Partisan politics can make it difficult to think
accurately about these causes.  But if we
could take the politics out of it and just view things in a zoomed-out way, we
can certainly say this much based on what we know about God from the
Bible:  God cares for women;  God cares for the unborn and detests
murdering them; God loves and cares for people of every color and there is no
race that is His favorite.  We know this
from Galatians 3:28 which says for those in Christ, “There is neither Jew nor
Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you
are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Without God, there’s no
real reason to care for anyone.  The only
reason we really have to care for anyone and everyone is simply this: God
created them in His image!  That’s what
we believe.