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Kent R. HunterFifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. led a Civil Rights Movement. The tipping point of that movement was the march on Washington August 28, 1963.

This movement had some similarities for what Jesus had in mind. The Christian movement is engineered for people to be transformationally changed, and collectively, change the world; one person at a time, one community at a time, one nation at a time—to the ends of the earth.

The Civil Rights Movement had several elements that the Christian movement would do well to recapture: (1) it was organized as a movement. The church today has become institutionalized, program oriented, safe, risk averse, building bound, competitive, isolated, inward, content indulged. (2) Martin Luther King, Jr. focused on values: what is important, appropriate attitudes, foundational beliefs (“all men are created equal”), priorities (what are non-negotiable issues that must come first), and worldviews—how we understand the world and how the world works or should work. Today, the church is focused on the color of the carpet, budgets, vacation bible school volunteers, Sunday school material, a great sound system for the worship team. These are important, but they are not the focus. They are means to an end not the consuming “end issues.” (3) King gathered a unified cohesive group, across denominations, races, regions, political parties. He focused on the cause and gathered people who agreed to disagree on other issues because the cause was non-negotiably important. The church is sectarian, isolated, and postured in turfism for the most part. (4) Martin Luther King, Jr. was a visionary. He cast a vision: “I have a dream,” he said. The church has some visionaries. The divisive posture of unhealthy Christianity, however, allows misguided critics to undermine rather than support visionaries. There is a spirit of competition rather than cooperation. There are “shooting stars” anxious to occupy center stage, riding on the next latest greatest fad. (5) King recaptured the Master’s dream: one nation under God, people endowed with rights by their Creator. We have lost connection, live in a fog of identity, not driven by the mission for which Jesus died.

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