A man with a righteous dream, and the guts to go after it, will always be the among the most dangerous and misunderstood of all men.
Today in the United States we commemorate the memory of a great man with a large dream…Martin Luther King, Jr. The son of a minister, the father of four children. He was educated in the finest of schools and had a path that would lead to a comfortable life as a respected clergyman in a fine church in Atlanta or somewhere on the east coast. But, he had a dream ... and he committed his life to that dream; Brotherhood.
The true measure of a man is not the size of crowds he can speak in front of, but the size of the dream he is willing to die for. Dr. King said it this way, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Dreams are the substance of every great achievement.
The dream of this one man and his friends changed the world for millions of people. But, make no mistake, we remain in a battle for the hearts of men…for the souls of nations.
Benjamin Watson, the NFL great, wrote a powerful book that swept the nation called ‘Under Our Skin’. He spoke on the CMN BraveMen podcast about racial divides and how Christian brotherhood brings us together.
You can listen HERE.
If the Church will become a true place of Godly brotherhood, if the church will lift up Jesus without apology, if the church will go outside its walls - if Godly men will coach little league and run for public office, volunteer at community centers and mentor fatherless children… if the Church will be the Church, we can win this fight.
Dr. King said this, “The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.”
Jesus said, “I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in His slaves. Now you are My friends, since I have told you everything the Father told Me.16 You didn’t choose Me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using My name.17 This is My command: Love each other.” (John 15:15-17)
Our ministry to men can be effective as the result of purpose, communication, strategy, honor and work. But, fundamentally – it’s about brotherhood. It’s about having a dream to change the world.
Thank God for those who dream. Thank God for brotherhood.
P.S. As we pray for unity in our nation – let us also pray for our brothers around the world who face excruciating persecution, prison and death. The Dangerous Nations outreach has great opportunity and large obstacles. But, you and I will not back off the work of the ministry in the face of great obstacles – because - we are brothers. #cmnbrotherhood