Jan 18

MLK day post one

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I recently read a discussion criticizing MLK’s statement “Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”

The criticism was based upon the ideas that “Salvation comes from Jesus, and to call him “maladjusted”, even in a creative sense, is not good.”

This is a fundamental misunderstanding of MLK’s intent.

If you read “Letters from a Birmingham Jail” you will see that MLK’s intent was to state that nice, quiet protesters do not bring about change. You have to make a pest out of yourself – you have to be disruptive (although not violent).

This is what Christ did. He insisted upon making change and was prepared to spend his life if required to make a difference.

Another way to look at it (since Jesus didn’t always want to follow this path, or at least had moments of weakness) is that God, unwilling to revoke the free will that he had given to the human race, needed a way to convince people to take the right path and was prepared to use his son to do it.

Either way, the point is not to call Jesus maladjusted. It is to say that you can’t do things the way they have always been done if you don’t want things to stay the way they are.

Even for non-Christians, this is a good thing to know and makes MLK a hero even for those of us not challenged by discrimination and the heavy weight of history.

Here’s a link to “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

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