Monday we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was best known for his speech at the March on Washington in 1963 and his work for the Civil Rights campaign. What not everyone remembers is that he grew up in the church and was an American Baptist minister. He never gave up on his faith through his short life, and spoke at his church a few months before his death. Faith was important to him and he was very traditional in some of his beliefs and often referred to his faith during speeches.
Today I want to look at one of the more spiritual things he talked about. He said (referring to the Good Samaritan Bible story):
“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'”
It’s a question that I think Dr. King himself asked throughout his life and work with the Civil Rights movement, and it’s a question we should all be asking ourselves. If we choose not to get involved what will happen? I know that sometimes it seems like we’re being asked to do everything and no one else is stepping up. We get tired of that. We get tired of feeling like we’re the only one doing anything. But I think two of the reasons that many people don’t step up include that they don’t want to do it alone and don’t feel they have a personal stake in the issue. However I believe that what affects some of us will soon affect many of us.
As Dr. King and his commitment to human rights is remembered this week I encourage you to think of others and some of the causes you can support. Yes, you may have to put forward some effort or resources, but remember back to the last person you helped that was really grateful and you could see the benefit of what you did for them. That’s the feeling I want you to remember the next time you’re asked to help someone or with something.