Martin Luther King, Jr. On Liberalism (& Other Forgotten MLK Quotes)

“I began to question the liberal doctrine of man. The more I observed the tragedies of history and man’s shameful inclination to choose the low road, the more I came to see the depths and strength of sin. . . I realized that liberalism had been all too sentimental concerning human nature and that it leaned toward a false idealism.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I also came to see that the superficial optimism of liberalism concerning human nature overlooked the fact that reason is darkened by sin. The more I thought about human nature, the more I saw how our tragic inclination for sin encourages us to rationalize our actions. Liberalism failed to show that reason by itself is little more than an instrument to justify man’s defensive ways of thinking. Reason, devoid of the purifying power of faith, can never free itself from distortions and rationalizations.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

“In the truest sense of the word, God is a living God. In Him there is feeling and will, responsive to the deepest yearnings of the human heart: This God both evokes and answers prayers.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Our capacity to deal creatively with shattered dreams is ultimately determined by our faith in God. Genuine faith imbues us with the conviction that beyond time is a divine Spirit and beyond life is Life.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

“God has been profoundly real to me in recent years. In the midst of outer dangers, I have felt an inner calm. In the midst of lonely days and dreary nights, I have heard an inner voice saying, ‘Lo, I will be with you.'” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Caesar occupied a palace and Christ a cross, but the same Christ so split history into A.D. and B.C. that even the reign of Caesar was subsequently dated by His name.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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1 Response to Martin Luther King, Jr. On Liberalism (& Other Forgotten MLK Quotes)

  1. JJ Wong says:

    “I HAVE A DREAM!”. Thought it’s only few words, but the impact is so powerful, it rise up the hope of people, that we could actually make a change to the world for a better tomorrow. Respect & thanks to Martin Luther King Jr.

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