Martin and the High Cost of Being a Prophet

One of my students asked me recently why Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. I told him simply that prophets of God are without honor in their own back yards and speak the will of God in a way that the hard-hearted. If prophets are murdered verbally through slander, they are murdered in the literal sense.

Martin experienced both.

Yet, he forged on, provoking through Scripture and models of peaceful and philosophical discourse those who would hinder our right to be treated like our white brothers and citizens. People ask every year, “Is his dream still alive?”

I say that the dream was never his to begin with but God’s. He simply chose MLK Jr. to be the voice for the victory He wanted to proclaim to America. God had enough with Jim Crow, so He sent Martin.

The March on Washington speech:


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