Snow and MLK, Jr.

Snow and MLK, Jr.

Dateline Jeffersontown Christian Church: January 20, 2019

The effects of a cold front moving through the Ohio River valley left the community in a confusing state. What to do: attend church or stay warm and cozy at home? Some 35 brave (if somewhat crazy) souls ventured out to worship. The service was condensed and the Lord’s Supper celebrated by intinction. The evening service at the United Methodist Church up the street celebrated the life and ministry of Martin Luther King, Jr. with over 60 people from the community present. A reasonable turnout considering the weather!

Speaking of weather; the “official” policy of Jeffersontown Christian Church during the winter months is as follows. Worship is never cancelled. Someone will be present and worship will happen even it is only one person. Weekdays, the church operates on the same snow schedule as the Jefferson County Public Schools. If the schools are closed, so is the church office and all activities are cancelled, with the exception of special worship services like Ash Wednesday. School delays do not affect the church activities. Lastly, let it be clear, if you have any concern about driving during bad weather or navigating un-shoveled walks or parking areas, you should probably stay in that warm and cozy home. Safety is a first priority! And God is gracious! We do try to get the parking lots plowed and the walks shoveled, but it is not always possible due to the timing of the storms. Our walks are shoveled by volunteers while we pay to have the parking lots done.

Now, back to Sunday. We remembered MLK, Jr. through his own words from various speeches he made throughout his ministry. Some of his words were eloquent, some were sobering and some were downright challenging.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

“There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”

“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”

I stand convicted by these statements; too often silent and too often safe. Where would I be now were it not for Jesus who was neither silent nor safe.