The Measure of a Man
Fortress Press, 2001 - 55 pages
Two brief yet powerful meditations from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. defining humanity's worth and completion relate to strides toward social justice.
Eloquent and passionate, reasoned and sensitive, this pair of meditations by the revered civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. contains the theological roots of his political and social philosophy of nonviolent activism.
In supporting reconciliation, Dr. King outlines human worth based on Scripture, encouraging the reader to know each person has worth, rational ability, and an invitation to fellowship with the Creator. In addition, Dr. King explains the three dimensions of life: length, breadth, and height; they must all be present and working harmoniously in order for life to be complete as an individual and as a community. Black and white photos from Dr. King's life along with simple prayers from the reverend round out this short but poignant offering.
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... you , but when I look at myself hard enough I don't feel like crying with the Pharisee , " Lord , I thank thee that I am not like other men , " but I find myself crying out , " Lord , be merciful unto me , The Measure of a Man 17.
... you will come to yourself and rise up and decide to come back home , I will take you in , for you are made for something high and something noble and something good . " To every man there openeth A Way ... thank thee The Measure of a Man 21.
... thank thee for the inspiration of Jesus the Christ , who came to this world to show us the way . And grant that we will see in that life the fact that we are made for that which is high and noble and good . Help us to live in line with ...