Sermon Illustrations

. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke prophetically calling America to right the wrongs of racial discrimination.

At one point after a defining court victory, Dr. King spoke with the president about enacting legislation to protect the civil rights of people of color. The president sided with Dr. King but explained that the timing was not right and the battle would be uphill and may even prevent the victory ever coming about. The president advised that they wait, savor the victory, and allow their opponents to settle down.

Dr. King said that he could not sideline what he was under conviction to see through. He continued to work and preach and the flame for justice spread like a wildfire so that within six months legislation had been passed despite presidential reluctance.

Adapted from God’s Politics by Jim Wallis