Core Ideas of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

No Fear

CIVIL RIGHTS

“This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of  transformed nonconformists.  The saving of our world from pending doom will not come from the actions of a conforming majority, but from the creative maladjustment of a transformed minority.”  Dr. Martin Luther King

I was just a kid in the segregated American South when Dr. King began his crusade to win civil rights for black Americans.  Like everyone else I knew, I believed he was a dangerous extremist.  This opinion was not based on scripture or any other noble philosophy, but was was derived merely by living among other people who also felt that way.  Many in Congress felt that way as well.   Today I admire Dr. King as a hero, and his rejection of racism and racial discrimination has prevailed in every region of the land.

It didn’t happen because of destiny.  The tide turned because of the determination of a few courageous souls to overcome evil and set people free; and their willingness to be very uncomfortable for a while.  Surely there is a lesson here for the conforming majority in the American church today. We are losing the battle, but it’s not about the math.  We don’t need more money or more media influence.  What this hour requires of the church is more holy faith; and -yes- more creative maladjustment from a transformed minority.

Lift up the Cross!

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