Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 90 years old this week if he wasn’t murdered on April 4th 1968. To honor his memory, Martin Luther King Day was first observed in 1986. Four years later, Wyoming became the first state in the union to pass legislation to make Martin Luther King Day a legal holiday. While Dr. King’s I Have a Dream Speech overshadows his 14 years as a civil rights leader, Martin Luther taught Americans how to love with your life.
Let all that you do be done in love, 1 Corinthians 16:14.
On their 1992 album Free At Last, DC Talk pays homage to Dr. King. This group refers to spiritual slavery, when an individual is held captive by an addiction, unable to break free until Jesus enters their life. Dr. King fought for a day when people were judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Meanwhile, these Christians musicians longed for a day when forgiveness, grace and mercy reconciled their broken relationship with God. One of the songs on Free At Last, Luv is a Verb, drives home the point that love is meant to be lived out.
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love, 1 John 4:8.
The concept of love inspired a hit song by a relatively new artist called Hollyn. Hollyn received notoriety for her appearance on American Idol. Two years later, Gotee Records released One Way Conversations in 2017. With the help of Toby Mac, Hollyn is a raising star who has followed in his footsteps. Although the title is different, Love with Your Life illustrates that love isn’t love until you demonstrate it by caring for others. Similar to Michael W’ Smith’s song Give It Away, love wasn’t put in your heart to stay. The best example, Jesus, gave his life away by dying for you and me. Go and do your best to love others with your life.
by Jay Mankus