Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a faithful minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, led the non-violent movement in protest of the incredible force of racism against African American citizens during the 1950s and 1960s. He not only radically changed America, but also inspired the world through his leadership in social justice and through his passion for equality. Dr. King was martyred on April 4th, 1968.
Today, we celebrate his life and ministry. As the IDES staff family reflected upon Martin Luther King, Jr.'s teaching and legacy, we were reminded of his deep love of the Lord Jesus, and of his willingness to stand up for those who were poor and suffering.
It is the mission of IDES is to meet physical and spiritual needs of suffering people throughout the world in the name of Jesus Christ. By the grace of God, there have been many Christian leaders before our time who have labored and given their life for the sake of the oppressed in our world in Jesus' name including Martin Luther King, Jr. He bravely fought for freedom, for peace, for truth, and for love throughout his life while leaning upon God for strength and guidance.
In order to honor Dr. King's legacy and accomplishments, we wanted to share seven inspirational quotes from his speeches and sermons that align with the seven Core Values of IDES: Compassion, Generosity, Evangelism, Integrity, Dependence on God, Partnership, and Glorify God. We pray that you will be encouraged by Dr. King's quotes as we all continue to be inspired to seek justice for the poor and suffering around the world.
“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
“We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.”
"Use me, God. Show me how to use who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself."
“In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”
Dependence on God
“By opening our lives to God in Christ, we become new creatures. This experience, which Jesus spoke of as the new birth, is essential if we are to be transformed nonconformists … Only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit.”
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
“The God whom we worship is not a weak and incompetent God. He is able to beat back gigantic waves of opposition and to bring low prodigious mountains of evil. The ringing testimony of the Christian faith is that God is able.”
In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we pray that you will remember these quotes, and reflect upon how they may inspire you to be difference-maker for someone in need. Let us continue together in our Kingdom-building work, as faithful followers of our Lord Jesus Christ!
-written by Chase Cotten, Media Director @ IDES