Why do we at Kavanah do what we do? Well, truth be told, it is a heart issue…
Serving the other is the manifestation of our love for Jesus. It brings to mind the activities of yesterday when many paused to celebrate the life of a man that evoked change. But if you had an opportunity to sit down with the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and ask him about the reason behind his life, you would have heard one name—Jesus Christ.
On August 28, 1963 Dr King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to speak out against racial segregation with his “I have A Dream’ speech;” a speech that looked to Jesus as the example of what it meant to love. For King his words and actions were but practical manifestations of his Christian faith.
In his speech, the Rev. King makes repeated appeal to peace and justice as an outworking of the One who is the God of love, justice and mercy. Yes, Dr King used Jesus, the righteous One who is the Prince of Peace, as the motivation for his own words and deeds. King pleads for civil rights for black Americans with the words of the prophet Amos who himself pleaded with God to “let justice roll down like a river, and righteousness, like a never-ending stream” (5.24).
King was adamant that peace and justice on earth are in themselves evidence of the eternal peace, which Christ on the cross establishes between God and man. For the Christian, therefore, a plea for justice is a plea to God himself. It is God after all, who in the Son gives himself as the just penalty for the sin of humanity. Thus, the plea for justice is to plead to Christ the Son who—in the power of the Spirit—offers up humanity as “humanity forgiven,” and therefore humanity at peace with God. Yes, a plea for peace and justice is grounded in a theology of mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation at the cross.
At the cross humanity is gifted freedom so that through the Spirit we might begin to live for the other by loving the other. When we seek to elevate the other we come embrace the very freedom of life Christ died to give us. We come to embrace the truth of life—its peace, justice, mercy and hope—that comes when we enter into the love of Christ so as to recognize the very same thing Dr King did:
“As long as there is poverty in the world I can never be rich. . . .As long as diseases are rampant and millions of people in this world cannot expect to live more than thirty years, I can never be totally healthy. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.”
The world needs love, which means the world needs the church to live out the love of Christ in both word and deed.
“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).
How are we this day living out the love of Christ so that our neighbor might be who they ought to be? Want to know more about how you can be the change? Check out our page or contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org