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The Lamb
April 15, 2010, 10:19 am
Filed under: faith, scripture

The Lamb

4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:4-6 ESV)


On April 4, 1968…
April 5, 2010, 8:00 am
Filed under: Martin Luther King jr.

On April 4, 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed. Yesterday marked the forty-second anniversary.

I understand that in the deep south there may be mixed feelings about the man who was the face of the civil rights movement, but in my humble estimation Dr. King was a great leader and a good man. (At least as good as any of us can be.)

In most conversations about Dr. King there are those who would bring up his personal sins as if somehow this negates the good and honorable things he did. If this were the case, we couldn’t speak of David as being a great king, or Moses being a great prophet. Abraham was a liar and Paul incited, and condoned murder. The sins of these biblical heroes did not negate their greatness, nor does it cancel the greatness of Dr. King.

I have to respect a man who, contrary to many of his contemporaries, led a non-violent fight against an enemy that was quick to shed blood. He fought for equality and justice, not by drawing a sword or throwing punches, but with prayer and faith in his Lord.

If you can’t recognize the goodness in that, you’re just bitter.

*This post was adapted from a blog entry I made 2 years ago on a previous blog.  I’m posting this today because yesterday was Easter Sunday, the day we celebrate a resurrection.