A Legacy of Love and Justice

When I think of the heroes like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from our past who have paid so much for the freedoms that we take for granted, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Why is Martin Luther King Jr. such a hero to me?


I can tell you that it is not because he walked on water, because he didn’t.
I can tell you that it is not because he was a savior, because he wasn’t.
I can tell you the it is not because he was perfect, because he wasn’t.

Martin Luther King Jr. is a hero of mine precisely because he was merely human. A mere human who from the basement office of a humble church started a revolution. A mere human who let nothing stand in his path of faithfulness for the cause of justice and for a dream of equality and reconciliation.

Dr. King is a hero of mine not just because he died for a dream that was bigger than all of us. The life he lived is also a symbol to me of the lives of so many others from his generation who paid in blood for many freedoms we take for granted.

Yes, we have such a long way to go. Perhaps it will take generations for us to realize how absolutely foolish and pathetic it is for us to allow something like melanin and money to incite such injustice and division that continues to scar the legacy of humanity.

Today I pray that we don’t pause to grieve about the distance we have yet to travel for the cause of justice and righteous. The road to justice will be there tomorrow. Today, just for a moment, I pray that we pause to thank God for the distance we have traveled, and for the faithful souls who, like Martin Luther King Jr., paid for the freedoms we do have, in blood.

To all my elder brothers and sisters who gave the best days of your lives for the cause of freedom and equality of all human beings regardless of nationality or color of skin, we thank you. To think, it was only one generation ago that you paid so much.  Yes, we have a long way to go, but I hope we can all acknowledge that your sacrifice was not in vain. I pray that my generation can be faithful enough to honor your legacy of love and justice by carrying the dream forward to our children.

4 thoughts on “A Legacy of Love and Justice

  1. Mike

    This is a very profound post, I believe there are many who feel the very same way. Now our challenge is to take this feeling and create a movement. A movement that once started will never cease, not due to sickness, death, assassination, political instability, or any thing else. I can see waves of people, generation after generation of determined, dedicated, devoted disciples who refuse to succumb to the ignorance that has stifled us for far too long. Thank you for being one of those disciples.

    1. hostmaster Post author

      Thank you Pastor for the encouragement and the inspiration. You are leading the way.

  2. Carlos Gomez

    Mike, its good to hear from you.I could not agree more with Piper on this (see links below). May the Lord keep blessing you and all your relationships in this new year.


    Martin Luther King Changed My World, and I Am Thankful: http://goo.gl/Rp7d1


    Bloodlines Documentary with John Piper on Vimeo

    1. hostmaster Post author

      Thank you my friend…I hope to see you again in the future…You are such a blessing.


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