Celebrating the Success of Martin Luther King Jr. and Recognizing the Limitations of Racial Equality

Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed a Biblical truth that ignited a social movement that ripples through our culture today: Racial equality.

Genesis 1:27 (NKJV)

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

God made mankind with inherit value, not determined by the pigmentation of their skin. We are all descendants of Adam and Eve, truly brothers and sisters. To harass your brother or sister because their skin is a different color is wicked. It’s sin. Racism is an excuse to hate your neighbor, when God commands us to love one another.

Leviticus 19:18 (ESV)

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

Unfortunately, people are sinful and fail to follow God’s commands. The world is a rotten mess because of sin. Racism runs rampant and is only thwarted by the love of Christ. Only God can bring love to the hearts of hateful humans.

1 John 4:7 (NIV)

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

This Biblical truth is important for us to remember. Since God is the only one who can change hateful hearts into loving hearts, social change comes from sharing the Gospel with sinners.

Protesters face off with police.

Photo by Jonathan Harrison on Unsplash

Shouting matches with KKK members will not bear fruit. Hopefully we learned this from the events that happened in Charlottesville the summer of 2017. A series of combative stand-offs ended with a tragic loss of life when a car drove into protesters.

Even if all our shouting resulted in racial equality, people would still be in desperate need of salvation from their sins. Racial equality will never provide salvation. We cannot be diverted from the greatest Christian task of proclaiming life in Christ to dead sinners. A fringe benefit of staying committed to sinners is the natural dent put into racism when KKK members become church members.

Hear me, I’m not saying we ought to give up on social rights. Christians should adamantly resist evil. I simply want to keep eternal priorities in focus. Faith in Christ brings everlasting life and it’s the only way to flood our culture with love.

Romans 12:9 (ESV)

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.