Miles McPherson on Martin Luther King Jr’s Greatest Contribution to America and the World

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963. | The U.S. National Archives

Martin Luther King will forever be known for what he did to help heal the racial divide in America. And while that is one of the greatest feats in American history, to saddle him with that moniker may well be short of his truest contribution.

For all of us, especially Christians, Martin Luther King’s life was a modern-day torch that shone brightly on our Lord’s message to his people. Which one?

In John 4, when Jesus lovingly speaks to a Samaritan woman — a member of the most despised people in the region — and asks for water with the intention of touching and drinking from her clay pitcher, he was sending a message.

In Luke 19, when Jesus dines at the house of Zacchaeus, a reviled traitor who collected taxes from Jews for Rome, he was sending a message.

In Matthew 8, when Jesus reaches out and touches the leper’s shoulder, an unthinkable act toward a group banished to the outskirts of town, he was sending a message.

Jesus was saying to each of us, Get uncomfortable with division wherever you see it.

He wasn’t saying, To those of you who are uncomfortable with division, get to work. He was delivering this doctrine: If you are in me, healing all division is your journey now.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Miles McPherson