Today we celebrate as a nation the ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr. His wife, Coretta Scott King writing for the King Center, said, “The Holiday commemorates America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence — who taught by his example that nonviolent action is the most powerful, revolutionary force for social change… (with) the values of nonviolence, including unconditional love, tolerance, forgiveness and reconciliation…The Holiday provides a unique opportunity to teach young people to fight evil, not people, to get in the habit of asking themselves, “What is the most loving way I can resolve this conflict?”
On my bookshelf is a much underlined and tabbed copy of his book “Strength to Love”. It has shown me what fueled the man. With statements as, “The ringing testimony of the Christian faith is that God is able”, King gives the reason for his faith, quoting scripture his life had proved. Glimpsing his work in light of his faith, I marveled at the wise, courageous guidance it gave him.
Intrigued, I wondered if all of those honored with Federal holidays were guided to their accomplishments by following their understanding and worship of God. After some research I found the answer to be a resounding YES! Belief.net has a section titled, The Founding Faith Archive. It shares diaries, letters, and books by Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and others where they describe their faith and prayer.
Perhaps we might marvel, even find encouragement as we discover true what King Solomon wrote in Proverbs,
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.”