He was an imperfect man, yes, but I believe he made God smile when he fought for justice and righteousness. I am so happy to honor this man today. He has showed me that God can also use an imperfect woman like me to share His goodness and love.
I read this excerpt from one of his sermon tapes and loved it.
“I discovered then that religion had to become real to me, and I had to know God for myself. And I bowed down over that cup of coffee. I never will forget it…I prayed a prayer, and I prayed out loud that night. I said, “Lord, I’m down here trying to do what’s right. I think I’m right. I think the cause that we represent is right. But Lord, I must confess that I’m weak now, I’m faltering. I’m losing my courage.” …”And it seemed at that moment that I could hear an inner voice saying to me, “Martin Luther, stand up for righteousness. Stand up for justice. Stand up for truth. And lo I will be with you, even until the end of the world.” …”I heard the voice of Jesus saying still to fight on. He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone. No never alone. No never alone. He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone.”
“We love men not because we like them, nor because their ways appeal to us, nor even because they possess some kind of divine spark. We love every man because God loves him.” another MLKJ quote.
“The arm of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” The New Yorker April 6, 1987 (one of my favorite quotes)