Greetings Holy, Healthy and Happy People of God,
As I write this eNote to our faithful and devoted community of radical and responsible followers of Jesus Christ, I invite our community to think about the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Although it’s been over 50 years since his death, his dream of a world of equity is still emerging. There is still work to be done together.
In a sermon that Dr. King preached at Dexter’s Baptist Church entitled, Transformed Non-Conformist, he used Romans 12:2 as a basis for his words, ”Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
King writes, “As Christians we are a colony of heaven thrown out, as pioneers, in the midst of an unchristian world to represent the ideals and way of living of a nobler realm until the earth should be the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. I’m sure that many of you have had the experience of dealing with thermometers and thermostats. The thermometer merely records the temperature. If it is seventy or eighty degrees it registers that and that is all. On the other hand the thermostat changes the temperature. If it is too cool in the house you simply push the thermostat up a little and it makes it warmer. And so the Christian is called upon not to be like a thermometer conforming to the temperature of his society, but he must be like a thermostat serving to transform the temperature of his society.”
In 2019, what will we do as followers of Jesus Christ? It is easy to conform because it doesn’t demand difference. It is the non-conformist that rewrites history and creates a new path of possibility that differs from the norm. Will we confirm to the behavior of masses and follow the status quo or will we become non-conformists in a world that is in desperate need of leaders who will create sufficient disruption for the sake of advancing the gospel? Let’s not settle for simply being in the room as a thermometer that simply reads the temperature, but let’s be non-conformists who are bold and courageous to reset the thermostat.
King closes his sermon with these words, “Remember Christian friends we are now in the colony of time, but our ultimate allegiance is to the empire of eternity. Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Be a thermostat and reset the temperature of our community!”
Remember to pray The Lord’s Prayer every day at 12 Noon!
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Be God’s Shalom,