Apil 4. This was the date when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. A few years back I was teaching a Bible study and we were talking about prophets. Someone asked, "Who would be a modern day equivalent of a prophet?" I thought for a minute and then said, "Martin Luther King Jr."
One of the men in the group immediately and strongly disagreed. "Haven't you heard about him? The FBI has tapes of him having an affair in his hotel room. He and those other guys drank when they were away from home. He was even mentally unstable." Well, I have heard that J.F. Hoover's FBI was out to discredit and destroy Martin Luther King Jr. Personallly I never have quite figured out how much was true and what part was made up or planted. There is something more important, though. None of God's prophets were great human beings on their own. Have you noticed this? The Bible is full of deeply flawed characters that God chooses and uses to do great things. For me, God used Martin Luther King Jr. to speak to our nation about racial injustice. God used him to point us toward nonviolent resistance. God used Martin Luther King Jr. to say some uncomfortable words about economic inequalities and opportunities. So on April 4, I say, "Let the dream live on." That takes me to the harder thing to say, though, because it requires courage and conviction on our part today. May all of us be open to used by God, in spite of our flaws.
Pastor Kent King-Nobles
is originally from Oklahoma. He went to graduate school at Drew University, in Madion, New Jersey, seminary at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta Georgia and did his Doctorate at Garrett-Evang. in Evanston, Illinois. Talk about a mixed-up accent! Pastor Kent enjoys hiking, biking, coaching soccer, reading and spending time with Kathy and their 3 kids. Pastor Kent has experience as a counselor as well as a pastor.