MLK, Jackie Robinson, and Us
A few weeks before his assassination, King told black Dodgers pitching great Don Newcombe, “You’ll never know how easy you and Jackie [Robinson] and [Larry] Doby and Campy [Roy Campanella] made it for me to do my job by what you did on the baseball field.” Newcombe later said in a 2009 interview with the New York Post’s Peter Vecsey, “Imagine, here is Martin getting beaten with billy clubs, bitten by dogs and thrown in jail, and he says we made his job easier.”
We, above all others, need to realize that the culture no longer shares our worldview and as a result the very language we use may mean something entirely different in the ears of our listeners than what we intend. The meaning of words like morality, personhood, marriage, or virtually any other moral term has radically shifted for many postmodern Americans, making our job as preachers that much more difficult. These challenges are demanding but Scripture is sufficient for the task. Our job as preachers is not to make the message of the gospel palatable to the postmodern mind but to preach in a way that is compelling, clear, and authoritative.
Quick, simple and true.
New Year, new habits. This spiritual habits series by Joe Carter is worth reading. “The goal of this spiritual discipline is to conform our prayer life so that whatever it is we are asking God for is rooted in the same seven words: Not my will, but yours be done (Luke 22:42).”