Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech Rooted In Bible

Bill Hitchcock January 20, 2014 0
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech Rooted In Bible

On January 20, 2014 America celebrates the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Wikipedia describes as an, “American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs”.

love king lightA lot of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speeches were rooted in the Bible. For example his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech makes clear reference from Isaiah, Amos, Psalms, Galatians and Exodus.

King’s last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top” is a clear reference of Moses and the closing chapter of Deuteronomy. It is interesting to note that at the end of Deuteronomy Moses dies. The very next day after the Mountain Top speech Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

The lead picture of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for this article has one of his quotes. True to nature, King was basing his language on the Bible. We thought it would be interesting to look at a few verses he may have had in mind.

But I Say Unto You, Love Your Enemies……..

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-48)

God Is Light

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 1:5-7)

Light is Come into the World

“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” (John 3:19-21)

“Let love be without dissimulation (Let it be sincere). Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another” (Romans 12:9-10)

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Bill Hitchcock

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