I was just remembering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when I was struck by how admirable and appropriate each part of his name is.
Reverend – He was a man of God, pursuing Jesus’ call to love Him and all of our neighbors equally and sacrificially, who sought to minister not only to souls but also to suffering.
Doctor – He was a man of learning, who succeeded in cultivating his mind despite significant, racist barriers to fair education.
Martin Luther – He was a reformer who worked to free the oppressed from the corruption of his time.
King – He was a born leader with eloquence, regality, and courage.
Junior – He was a son, not only born to an earthly father but also reborn to an eternal One.
Dr. King was not the first African-American to achieve, be, or remember any of these specific things. He was not perfect or saintly. However, none of that should diminish our regard for him or our memory of the debt we owe him and his dreams.