The Ministry of Jesus Christ, According to MLK

Following are excerpts from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech, “Beyond Vietnam — A Time to Break the Silence” which he delivered on April 4th, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City. I’ve pulled out the section which resonated with me. We listened to the rebroadcast of the speech on our local public radio station.

This is a calling [receiving the Nobel Prize for Peace] that takes me beyond national allegiances, but even if it were not present I would yet have to live with the meaning of my commitment to the ministry of Jesus Christ. To me the relationship of this ministry to the making of peace is so obvious that I sometimes marvel at those who ask me why I’m speaking against the war. Could it be that they do not know that the good news was meant for all men — for Communist and capitalist, for their children and ours, for black and for white, for revolutionary and conservative? Have they forgotten that my ministry is in obedience to the One who loved his enemies so fully that he died for them?

I must be true to my conviction that I share with all men the calling to be a son of the living God. Beyond the calling of race or nation or creed is this vocation of sonship and brotherhood, and because I believe that the Father is deeply concerned especially for his suffering and helpless and outcast children, I come tonight to speak for them.

This I believe to be the privilege and the burden of all of us who deem ourselves bound by allegiances and loyalties which are broader and deeper than nationalism and which go beyond our nation’s self-defined goals and positions. We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation and for those it calls “enemy,” for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers.


  1. Wardee,
    That is very inspiring. It reminds of a book I have read called Architecture of All Abundance, where the author teaches to BE peace, if we want peace in this world, it starts with each individual. One person CAN make a difference.
    Love, Tiffany

    It is inspiring. I also found it convicting and it has made me think about how I view others, whether poor or rich, Muslim or Buddhist or Christian, “enemy” or friend. I should love them all and be committed to Jesus’ ministry of Love.

    I haven’t heard of that book, but that’s not strange. I’ll check the library to see if they have it. It would be great if they did. I looked on Wed for Nourishing Traditions, but they don’t have it. Last time I checked it out was when we lived near Fresno, CA. So I guess I’ll shopping for my own copy!

    Love, Wardee

  2. Thank you for posting this. It really made me think.

  3. Wardee,
    I have seen NT on before, but the more I look through it the more I wonder how much it can help your family. There isn’t a lot of info or recipes for celiacs, they use dairy and eggs also.But there is a lot of info, and other recipes w/o wheat.
    I am curious to know what kind of allergy testing you had done. As you mention sensitivity as well as allergic. I went to a Dr. who is an MD as well as homeopath. So the test was non-invasive. It was done with a computer and pressure points on hands and feet. I’m wondering what else is out there. On my test, it showed I have a sensitivity to wheat, but I seem to be fine eating it, as long as it is fresh ground. For me the raw milk has made such a HUGE difference also. But I know this is not for everyone. I feel for A., because I know what it is like not to be able to eat something you really enjoy, and to see people around you being able to eat it with no problem. When I was still sick my diet was greatly restricted at times. I just believe in my heart there has got to be SOMETHING to help. Maybe it doesn’t bother A. as much as it bothers me? She seems like such a grown up young girl.
    One other thought. Everyone I know who has Crohn’s disease, (or had, in my case) is the worrier, anxiety, depressed, emotional type. I know for me that all of my worry and anxiety played a great role in my getting sick. I have really worked through all of that as well. I have put more trust in the Lord, it’s amazing how liberating that is! I wonder if celiac’s disease is the same? Or if it seems to be more genetic?
    I pray that you will find what you need for each person in your family and that they will feel fulfilled in whatever their life will be.

    Tiffany, it is good to hear your experiences! I do remember the heavy dairy and wheat and eggs from the book, but that isn’t really what interests me. I would like to reread all the bits about sprouting and fermentation.

    The allergy testing we had done is through Diagnos-Techs. They tested the blood for the presence of antibodies to certain foods.

    Praise the Lord that you’re trusting Him more and seeing the healing of your body that results!

    Thank you for your prayers, Tiffany. You’re a sweet friend. Love, Wardee

  4. Kate Norland says:

    Thank you for posting that great message.

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