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MLK Day

Discussion in 'Pastoral Ministries' started by Salty, Jan 14, 2018.

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  1. Use of Time

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    Not really.
     
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    I don’t think that is something I’ll be taking seriously right now.
     
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    It is not wise to pick on Italians. Just saying. Fuhgedabodit.
     
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    Ha!
     
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    Here are some ideas for you for next year, from Gospel Coalition Councilmembers' churches:


    Bethlehem Baptist Minneapolis (John Piper)

    Ethnic Harmony Weekend 2018 - sermon on ethnic harmony, and after the service an ethnic harmony dialogue:

    "Come hear the heart of Bethlehem leadership for diversity and inclusion and practical steps they seek to take moving forward in 2018. Hear concerns and hopes from fellow lay members regarding racial tensions and the practical steps they have taken to engage the conversation within the Body."


    Anacostia River Church DC (Thabiti Anyabwile)

    "MLK Day Peace Parade: Monday, Jan. 15th....Following the parade there’s a community fair....Let’s use these opportunities to join with our neighbors in a show of peace and unity and to tell our neighbors about our Lord and church."
     
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    No.
    We do not celebrate national holidays as part of our church services.
     
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    If that is relevant to why Reynolds's church does not celebrate MLK day, then it seems to me it is relevant to answering the question posed by Salty.
     
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    My response was not an answer in favor of the need to celebrate national holidays in church. It was addressing the expected shots at MLK’s personal life in an attempt to minimalize the importance of the day.
     
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    In the past, our youth group has been involved in a 'Day of Service' project in the community on MLK day. Depending upon the weather, the youth take one of the larger jobs that our deacons normally do - which includes yard work for a number of widows, sick and disabled, painting a home, doing work at the homeless shelter, etc. Often this is done in conjunction with an ethnic minority-majority church.

    It's a good way for our teens to following the biblical commission to serve the poor, needy and marginalized, which is an appropriate legacy for MLK. MLK had lots of issues, but the main thrust of the movement he shepherded was on target.
     
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    The day is Martin Luther King day. It is about him. If it were about civil rights, it would be called civil rights day.
     
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    Fine but your choice to only mention negatives without the other positive things he accomplished tells the story here doesn’t it. I’ll be watching for your post on President’s Day.
     
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    Hitler had some positive things he accomplished
     
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    Now the Hitler analogy. Right on cue.
     
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    Maybe you want to think again about making that analogy. You'd be ahead to delete it.
     
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    Excellent.
     
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    Actually Hitler did many good things for Germany - BUT it does NOT excuse him for the terror he caused.
     
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    From any rational perspective, Hitler did nothing good for Germany. He was kind to his dogs, I admit, but that doesn't seem to make up for plunging the world into war, exterminating millions of Jews, Slavs, Romanis, disabled, etc.

    How many millions of people did MLK kill? Did he advocate extermination of people he disagreed with? Did he send millions to prison camps to die of forced labor?

    I find it disturbing that you want to posit some kind of moral equivalency in comparing Hitler and MLK.

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    I don't celebrate Presidents day either. We sure don't do anything special at church for it. I don't have a big place in my heart for preachers who are/were blatant hypocrites.
    Call the holiday "civil rights day" and I will celebrate it.
     
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    Hitler accomplished quite a lot of short term good for the white race in Germany. That is simple historical fact. He was evil and vile, but he did quite a bit to benefit one race in the short term.
     
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    In view of Godwin's Law, I'm closing this thread.
     
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