The Lord has always worked through His people to carry out His will and it is important for us to pray for our leaders every day. Today, January 21st, is a special day in America. Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an African American pastor from the south who was deeply troubled about the injustices that African Americans faced in our country in the 1960’s.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. Martin had a brother, Alfred, and a sister, Christine. Both his father and grandfather were ministers. His mother was a school teacher who taught him to read even before he started kindergarten. Young Martin was such an excellent student in school that he skipped multiple grades. He enjoyed reading books, singing, riding a bicycle, and playing football and baseball. Martin entered Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia when he was only 15 years old.

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream of an America where everyone was treated with kindness and respect, and he decided to do to something to make the world a better place. Dr. King left a powerful legacy as he lived his life in dedication to set people free from deception and hatred. What an opportunity we have to remind our children of the sacrifice that men and women of faith have made to ensure God’s will be done on the earth.

On Tuesday, January 22, we will honor Dr. King in our chapels. We will express gratitude to the Lord for the life that Martin Luther King Jr. lived, helping us all understand that we need to embrace all of God’s children as our own family. We will share with our students how God used the life and testimony of Dr. King to bring God’s light to our struggling nation. Our Christian founders knew a nation’s freedom was rooted in God’s truth, and that if His people will humble themselves and pray, turning from their wicked ways, He will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14). It is critical that we must remember that God made all of us and we have no right to make fun of anyone different. God loves each of us and desires that we be kind and respectful of others. We appreciate and honor Dr. King’s dream, and we know that God has a special plan and purpose for each person He created.

On this Martin Luther King Day, we encourage our entire community to take time to reflect on the critical messages that his life embodied. It’s also a day to consider the ways that we each give back to make our neighborhoods, churches, and families a better place for all.