The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

Is your church observing Martin Luther King day (that’s today). Ours does, in multiple ways.

Here is a special prayer in his honor:

ALMIGHTY God, who by the hand of Moses thy servant didst lead thy people out of slavery, and didst make them free at last: Grant that thy Church, following the example of thy prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of thy love, and may strive to secure for all thy children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and forever. Amen.

But let’s consider the science fiction show Star Trek, which first aired in the 60s. Before Star Trek, blacks only played servants like cooks and the like. But with Star Trek, the show hired Nichelle Nichols, who played a communications officer named Lieutenant Uhura. She didn’t realize that Martin Luther King was a fan of the show. When she wanted to leave the show, he contacted her and persuaded her to stay. As he explained,

And today Star Trek continues to lead the way with being inclusive.

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Ours did not. The role of the church has been mixed. Good article in Jesus Creed on CRT as that has been a big topic in the Baptist world lately. Also, McKnight published MLK’s Letter which is a powerful read for today.

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Letter from a Birmingham Jail is powerful. We studied it last year in theology class.

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