Thank You, Martin

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deuts...

I attended Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach, California. The school was located on the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Pacific Coast Highway. Ironically, our school was nearly burned to the ground during the L.A. riots of 1992. I have wondered periodically  what Dr. King would have thought of those days.

Gratefully, I received broad exposure to Dr. King over the years of my urban upbringing. I’m still a huge fan of his preaching and writings. They continue to stoke an ongoing passion for racial reconciliation.

Many civil rights activists have come and gone…but Dr. King was the best of the best of them. He didn’t protest small things or organize ugly, hateful protests. With uncommon courage and dignity, he helped lead a nation to repentance.

So, today, I wish to offer thanks for Dr. King. We miss him. Were he alive today, I’m convinced that ours would be a better, more genuinely peaceful world. Then again, his is with us through his legacy…

  • Of non-violent, civil protest
  • Of faith in Jesus
  • Of longsuffering and love for enemy
  • Of relentless stamina for fighting the battle for justice
  • Of desiring the very best for all people.

Thank you,

Dr. King

Note: This post is a revised repost from MLK Day, 2007.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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