If a Man Hasn’t Discovered Something He Will Die for He Isn’t Fit to Live

Today we observe a day of remembrance for an American icon of freedom and equality – Martin Luther King Jr. The impact MLK had on our country and the world is immeasurable. I pray that as we remember the man, that we remember and live his vision that we would judge a person only by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. He gave his life for that vision, let’s make sure it was not in vain.

“If a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

As a preacher, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. knew and taught the Bible. His precepts of equality were born out of the scriptures and our Declaration of Independence that all men and women were created equal endowed by God with the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He believed it, and was even willing to die for it as we see in today’s quote.

See Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech and some Bible verses about how we are all the same in God’s eyes…

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The Other Side of the Liberating Truth

“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.”- James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States.

We have heard the Bible quote and read the verse where Jesus says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” (John 8 :32 KJV) and it’s the tail end, “the truth shall set you free”, that is quoted the most. From the sincere and sobering speeches of Martin Luther Kings Jr. to the hysterical Jim Carey in the movie Liar Liar, this quote is so widely known that you’d have to be living under a rock on Mars to not have heard it.

I am sure that when Garfield said it he wasn’t making a theological statement, however, there is an underlying spiritual truth to this quote.

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