Once again, a knock at midnight – Baptist News Global

A knock at midnight is the title of a sermon Martin Luther King Jr. preached in 1967 on Jesus’ parable of a man knocking on his neighbor’s door at midnight asking for bread to serve guests in their home (Luke 11:1-13). The parable offers important instructions on perseverance and prayer. Additionally, for King, this parable serves as a clarion call for the church to respond to the night terrors of injustice that plague people around the world, and to respond to those who knock at our door who hunger for ” bread of faith, hope and love”. ”

The words of Jesus and the King are prophetic for today because they remind us that there is a divine will for the order of our world. A will that Jesus teaches his disciples after they asked him how to pray and he replied:

Our father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Let your kingdom come.
Your will will be done
On earth as in heaven.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive all who are indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Darrell Hamilton

Christians all over the world would do well to take into account the words of this prayer that we profess each week in our houses of worship. This prayer is not simply an instruction on how to meet our individual needs, this prayer speaks of God’s greatest desire for the earth to reflect the realities and values ​​of heaven. Values ​​to eradicate hunger and cancel debts. Values ​​ultimately leading to our deliverance from evil.

That desire is for us to know a place where, in the words of the Staples Sisters, “no one cries, no one worries, no one smiles at the lies of the races.” And surely God desires to take us there, but there remain principalities, powers and peoples, spiritual wickedness in heavenly and earthly places, interfering with God’s will to bring back to earth a beloved community built upon the foundation of justice and love.

On this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, it is important to speak the truth about those who do not wish to see King’s vision of a “world home” that takes us away from the neighborhood-creeping individualism and “one and unconditional love” for all mankind.

Sixty years after King’s letter to Birmingham, moderate politicians, whom King has described as more dangerous than the Klan, are holding hostage an economic stimulus bill aimed at providing much-needed debt forgiveness and childcare assistance for working families and low income families.

Each year, 38 million Americans and 12 million children are starved and deprived of their daily bread. Moreover, there persists a concerted effort by members of both political parties to allow remnants of Jim Crow to decide the fate of our democracy via racist obstruction in the Senate, leaving the right to vote unprotected.

There are those who would spend their weekend eating at a King Day breakfast and marching in a King Day parade while trying to neutralize the radical and revolutionary nature of King’s message for political gain and at the same time ‘arm his words to be used as bullets. directed at the people he wanted us to save.

“It is undeniable that we are at the midnight hour of our nation’s political, social and spiritual consciousness.”

It’s undeniable that we’re on the midnight hour of the political, social and spiritual conscience of our nation.

However, God is our friend who knocks at the door of the nation, beckoning us in. God knocks and calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. God knocks to announce the coming of the kingdom of God which is just beyond the threshold. God knocks because a new world awaits us where no one misses, where no one feels the hunger of neglect.

Likewise, God knocks on the doors of the church, reminding us to heed our prophetic and radical responsibility. Even though we might find the doors of justice closed and locked from within, God’s people must continue to knock – knock with our hands, feet, and vote – as our act of perseverance and prayer.

If we wish to properly honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, we must strike until “justice flows like water and righteousness like a mighty torrent.” We must knock until the day comes when all is delivered from evil, the doors of justice are opened, and all of God’s people receive what they need.

Darrell R. Hamilton II is Executive Minister of Operations and Resource Development at Middle Collegiate Church in New York. Previously, he served as Training and Evangelism Pastor at First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, Mass. He is an ordained Baptist minister and a graduate of Wake Forest School of Divinity.

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