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Martin Luther King (and Julia Howe) on War

In the latter years of his life, Dr. King would speak openly against the war in Vietnam. His "three evils" were racism, poverty, and war. His used the platform that he was given by God himself to declare a moral voice to America and let the world know that violence and poverty were wrong.

Dr. King would use the same message to different audiences, yet he knew who his audience was and his message was still the same!
-he spoke calmly at Riverside Church, but the message was still the same
-he spoke preached to his home church Ebenezer Church, but his message was still the same
-he spoke gave a speech at the United Nations Plaza, but the message was still the same
-his message was still the same regardless of where he went
He saw the needs of the poor and how the poor was disconnected with the wealth of the world because the eyes of the government was focused on foreign land instead of "bridging the gap between the have's and have not's".

Fortunately enough, his last public words were "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord." He repeated the words that author Julia W. Howe wrote in a song at the beginnng of the Civil War believing that black and white wouldn't fight over slavery, but be equal. King had a visitation from God just as Howe did when she wrote the song. Why would he use this song to close out his speech? He knew that his days on earth weren't long, and he knew that it was a long shot that he would make the Promised Land with us because of the death threats on his life, but he saw a glimpse of a nation that wouldn't be in war, but at peace.

What was the glory of the coming of the Lord? It was God's help or His presence on earth that would bring cultures together, countries would be at peace, and the poor would receive and be helped! God bless!!

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Lawrence

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