Next Monday, our society will pause to celebrate the legacy
of Dr. Martin Luther King. He is most commonly celebrated as a civil rights
leader. I love him as preacher, as well.
For some reason, there have been a lot of funerals at Highland Oaks recently. This
has pointed me back toward the Christian belief in life after death…one that
isn’t given nearly the air time it used to occupy. These days, Christians seem
increasingly occupied with the concerns of the world we’ve been placed in.
There’s nothing wrong with this at all. But, let’s never forget the hope of
eternal life. As a Christian, to live is Christ. To die is gain.
Martin Luther King Jr. expressed this with characteristic eloquence in a sermon
at the funeral of the four young girls killed by a racist’s bomb in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963:
“I hope you can find some consolation
from Christianity’s affirmation that death is not the end. Death is not a
period that ends the great sentence of life, but a comma that punctuates it to
more lofty significance. Death is not a blind alley that leads the human race
into a state of nothingness, but an open door which leads man into life
eternal. Let this daring faith, this great invincible surmise, be your
sustaining power during these trying days.”