A civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan. -Martin Luther King.
Today, our nation honors a Baptist preacher who changed the world.
But like so many other heroes we celebrate, we often sanitize their legacy, leaving out those parts of their story that traumatize us. Every American loves a war hero, but no one wants to see a soldier laying on a beach with his major organs exposed.
Every Christian loves to hear the story about a powerful conversion of a meth-addict, but few are attracted to the "sanctification story" of the next year after his conversion.
Likewise, everyone loves Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. But on this day, I wonder how many will truly think about the five years after that speech, and the cost involved in bringing about the change necessary for that dream to be realized?
But if you want to change the world for good, its going to cost you! What follows are but five lessons we learn about people who change the world from the life of Dr. Martin Luther King: