Sunday, June 28, 2009

MLK

Dr. Martin Luther King was once asked if he was in too much of a hurry, and whether he should just wait longer, as progress toward equality would take a while.

He responded:

“Such an attitude stems from a tragic misconception of time, from the strangely irrational notion that there is something in the very flow of time that will inevitably cure all ills. … Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation.”

2 comments:

April Lynn said...

Hi Katie -
I'm a friend of your Mom...and peek in on your fascinating blog from time to time. (Hope you don't mind!) ;o)

This is a very interesting quote from MLK!

Immediately, however, I wondered how scriptural his response really is (aside from his nod to God). There are many references in the Bible about the futility of toiling...and that there's a season for everything. Admittedly, my perspective is one of "let go & let God..." so that could be the main reason I can't completely concur with MLK's sentiment. But respect it, oh yes I do!

Be blessed!

K said...

Very interesting...I hadn't thought of it that way. I recently heard the president of IJM speak, and his sermon focused on how when we see the plight of the poor and oppressed, we often think, "what is God's plan for doing something about this?" He said the scary answer is, God's plan is US! The church is the instrument, the hands and feet of his love. I wonder how these ideas work together...