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I received a call from a friend, dismayed that there had been no mention of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at a Sunday church service here in Augusta.

Well, church isn’t the place for politics, current events or other touchy topics, you may say. But isn’t church where we hear the lessons of the Good Samaritan and the Golden Rule? Isn’t it there that we are taught that God created man in His image and gave us each a soul?

Wasn’t it Dr. King, a preacher from Georgia, who led us to re-examine our convictions about God-given human dignity and led us to a higher moral plane – changes that were fundamental to America becoming a world leader in social justice?

We have come a long way. Never again will our young people think it’s normal for children of one color to always get the new schoolbooks, the hot popcorn and the closest seats. It took a long time and, while we should be proud of our progress, we should question why it took so long.

But back to the church service. If we depend on our church to keep us in touch with our conscience and align our moral compass, do we not need relevance as well as ritual?

E. Anne Johnson

Augusta

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/18/12 - 04:47 am
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I'm not sure I understand Ms.

I'm not sure I understand Ms. Johnson's perspective. Did the black churches not mention Dr. King?

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peace4784 01/18/12 - 05:42 am
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Relevance and ritual is the
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Relevance and ritual is the opposite of why Christ came into the world. That is the secular way. Read your New Testament, believe, and follow the example of Jesus and the true apostles. It's about Jesus. Always has been. The problem is most people only give lip service to their faith. That is why we give too much emphasis to mere mortals. If people believed, loved, and obeyed Jesus as much as they profess, American history would be much different. There would be no slavery, Civil War, civil rights issues, drug and alcohol abuse, rampant child molestation, lewd movies, pornography, divorces and television programs, etc. Love God and Love others. That is the daily goal of believers. Focus on that.

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Iwannakno 01/18/12 - 05:49 am
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I find it sad that all Dr.
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I find it sad that all Dr. King strived for is lost on a generation of gimmes. I think he would be disappointed in the way a lot of the black ministers of our urban communities act today.

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Fundamental_Arminian 01/18/12 - 10:58 am
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"But isn’t church where we

"But isn’t church where we hear the lessons of the Good Samaritan and the Golden Rule? Isn’t it there that we are taught that God created man in His image and gave us each a soul?" (E. Anne Johson).

Right! Before Dr. King, we desperately needed someone to show us how badly we were violating the Second Commandment, which requires us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, and the Golden Rule, which tells us to treat others the way we want them to treat us. In a loving, nonviolent way, Dr. King applied these commandments to our society so that we saw how badly we were mistreating many people simply because of their skin color. Application is an important part of preaching, and MLK Day is an excellent opportunity for preachers to help us reflect on how sinful we were.

Unfortunately, many churches have embraced Darwinian evolution, which denies the biblical teaching that God directly created mankind in his own image so that we are all bearers of his image. When people are fooled into thinking some races are further evolved than others, race discrimination results and the commandments are ignored that tell us to love and respect one another as God's image-bearers.

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soldout 01/18/12 - 11:08 am
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When I grew up I watched

When I grew up I watched Christian whites treating blacks with respect and love. After all the laws were passed the same Christian whites treated blacks with respect and love. The white Christian and the black Christian never had a problem and never will. The sinner will always have problems and laws written on paper can never over-come the love of God written in a person's heart. The blacks and whites have the same problem and it is called sin and pride with pride being the source of all sin. Remember you can't love God and hate your brother. People are different and like different things but they can still love each other and not do harm to each other. Embracing someone's lifestyle and activities doesn't show you love them.

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specsta 01/18/12 - 12:27 pm
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Soldout wrote: "The white

Soldout wrote: "The white Christian and the black Christian never had a problem and never will."

I understand that your basis for this summation is the shared love of Christ, thereby rendering differences aside. However, that view did not change the outlook of a society steeped in racism. Would you have allowed your daughter or your son to marry outside their race, knowing that a black man could be lynched for such an act, during the Jim Crow era?

If you were a white person living during this era, would you have freely visited a majority-black church or attempted to go out and eat at a restaurant with a black person (an illegal act back then)? Vice versa if you were black?

It would have been easy to make such a statement about the non-existence of problems between black and white Christians - but that statement would have been made without considering how society as a whole treated ethnic minorities. And as a Christian, to make such a blanket statement, while seeing the oppression of blacks in America, is not rooted in reality.

I would say that there were serious problems between white and black Christians, because the black Christians were oppressed every waking day, and it wasn't until the Civil Rights Movement came to the forefront that positive changes began to happen.

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Jane18 01/18/12 - 01:13 pm
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Wow soldout, once again I

Wow soldout, once again I agree with you today.

soldout
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soldout 01/18/12 - 03:10 pm
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thank you Jane; I try to

thank you Jane; I try to live by the Word and get my views from the Word because the Word says it is not within a man to direct his own path. When you are led by the Holy Spirit you will bless a lot of folks and offend a lot of folks. As a child when our well went dry we were offered water from a black family at the next farm over. When they needed food they picked from our field. I plowed a horse with a radio attached to the plow tuned to WAUG and knew all the black music, DJs (Raymond White etc.). Later in the army there were no black/ white problems. Everything headed downhill once we got God out of schools, told kids they evolved instead of being created by a loving creator and people begin to vote for people who celebrated the killing of unborn babies. To fix a problem you have to fix the root and I believe those are the roots.

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lovingthesouth72 01/18/12 - 03:24 pm
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We prayer for Dr King at our

We prayer for Dr King at our predominantly white Catholic Church here in town, where his example was praised and honored in a reverent way. It is wonderful to see his daughter continue his legacy of equality and standing up against evil as she takes her mesasge to the March for Life events on this upcoming anniversary of Roe vs Wade. She understands, as her father did, that life is a gift from God and that it should be defended at all levels.

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