Taking Sermon Notes “The American Dream”- Listening to and Learning from the Reverend Doctor King (6/7)

Eidos | 1/25/2020 | Staff
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To the end of his life, Martin Luther King Jr. pressed for solutions to the problems of race, inequality, and poverty in the United States. He was willing to consider fairly radical proposals, though always in a basic American framework.

Martin Luther King and his father accepted the American dream, simply demanding that the promises America made be kept. The more one reads the younger King, the more the influence of Daddy King is evident. Martin Luther King Senior was a great man with fewer of the internal conflicts that plagued his son. If his son surpassed him in fame, this by standing on the shoulders of this giant. In one sense, the father was a deeply conservative man as was his son to a lesser extent. Both rejected communism, both found nourishment in the Christian faith and in the promise of America.

Father - Son - Dream - Words - Declaration

Following his father, the son took as the “American dream” these words in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by [their] Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

This was a message grounded in a reality so vast, the work of the Creator that it applied to everyone, even agnostics:

Dream - Universalism - Men - Men - Men

The first saying we notice in this dream is an amazing universalism. It doesn’t say “some men,” it says “all men.” It doesn’t say “all white men,” it says “all men,” which includes black men. It does not say “all Gentiles,” it says “all men,” which includes Jews. It doesn’t say “all Protestants,” it says “all men,” which includes Catholics. (Yes, sir) It doesn’t even say “all theists and believers,” it says “all men,” which includes humanists and agnostics.

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