by Heather Tietz
“Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The uneven shall be made level, and the rough places a plain. The LORD’s glory shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.”
Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered for beginning the movement for equality in America. A brilliant scholar, he graduated from high school at 15, won a fellowship to Crozer Seminary, and went on to receive his doctorate. He led the bus boycott of 1956 that ultimately ended segregation on buses. He continued to bring the message of equality over six million miles, capturing the world’s attention as he led the civil rights movement in America. He suffered arrest and assault for his passions, and at 35 was the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
Martin Luther King followed Jesus. He was not perfect, but he was passionate. He did not lead a tepid life. He strove for peace. He strove for justice. He strove for kindness from man to man. He pursued making Christian virtues, social virtues, making qualities that Jesus commanded of His followers, become qualities that our laws embraced. He dreamt of the world where equality for all was real.
Someday Martin’s savior will return. He will level the ground like no one else has done. Isaiah 40 says that everyone will see Jesus coming. Every knee will bow. There will be no more competition, no more fighting for fairness. All the restless moving will stop and God will make peace. Then the ultimate peace prize will be all of ours to enjoy - real world peace.