Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his life seeking to uphold the real Christian values that were his inspiration in fighting for the rights of all people. Besides having an active role in the mid-twentieth century civil rights movement, King had an active, unshaken relationship with God that illuminated his already bright mind.
King reflects what it means to be Christian, not only in word, but in deed. He taught us to “move into the sometimes hostile world armed with the revolutionary Gospel of Jesus Christ” and to oppose “earthly institution or custom” that’s not only against our belief but against the will of God. We would all do well to take to heart these quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr. on Christianity.
- “We need to pledge ourselves anew to the cause of Christ. We must capture the spirit of the early church. Wherever the early Christians went, they made a triumphant witness for Christ. Whether on the village streets or in the city jails, they daringly proclaimed the good news of the gospel.”
2. “The God whom we worship is not a weak and incompetent God. He is able to beat back gigantic waves of opposition and to bring low prodigious mountains of evil. The ringing testimony of the Christian faith is that God is able.”
3. “There is so much frustration in the world because we have relied on gods rather than God. We have worshiped the god of pleasure only to discover that thrills play out and sensations are short-lived.”
4. “In contrast to ethical relativism, Christianity sets forth a system of absolute moral values and affirms that God has placed within the very structure of this universe certain moral principles that are fixed and immutable.”
5. “If any earthly institution or custom conflicts with God’s will, it is your Christian duty to oppose it. You must never allow the transitory, evanescent demands of man-made institutions to take precedence over the eternal demands of the Almighty God.”
6. “When we would yield to the temptation of a world rife with sexual promiscuity and gone wild with a philosophy of self-expression, Jesus tells us that ‘whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
7. “We need to recapture the gospel glow of the early Christians who were nonconformists in the truest sense of the word . . . Their powerful gospel put an end to such barbaric evils as infanticide and bloody gladiatorial contests. Finally, they captured the Roman Empire for Jesus Christ.”
8. “Christianity affirms that at the heart of reality is a Heart, a loving Father who works through history for the salvation of His children. Man cannot save himself, for man is not the measure of all things and humanity is not God. Bound by the chains of his own sin and finiteness, man needs a Savior.”
9. “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”
10. “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have the see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
11. “The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.”