by Shannon Butler, Pastor of 7Ten
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As one of the most influential people and symbolic voices of the civil rights movement, his life’s work helped shaped generations to model what it means to be long suffering for the cause of unity.
As I examine the life of Dr. King, his missional calling to embody the kingdom of heaven with dignity, patience, and sacrifice were made evident through actions of nonviolent demonstrations and dedicated perseverance to overcome evil with good.
I’m reminded of a line from his “I Have A Dream” speech that still resonates with clarity and truth.
“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; ‘and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.'”Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
May the life and legacy of Dr. King live on and his tenacity for the pursuit of faith, hope and love live in all of us.
CLICK HERE to read Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.
About Shannon Butler
Married to the love of my life, Sabine, since 2007 and we have two loving children, Senia 13 and Shamar 10.
Born and raised in Tallahassee, FL, I grew up in a Christian home and forever indebted to my family for their out pouring of love and support throughout my life. I was saved on Oct. 16th, 1988, in my childhood church and life didn’t get easier for me, however it did become clearer to me of my need for a Savior. Athletics afforded me the opportunity to attend college at The Northern Arizona University where I would find my wife and my purpose in life. Not a bad deal.
I came across Redemption Church through a former teammate and mutual friend Roger Robinson which has lead my family and I to become members of this great congregation in 2016. I’m currently in my last year of seminary school at MTC (Missional Training Center) and serving as Pastor with 7Ten, our young adults ministry. I continue to stand in awe of the wonder of Jesus and thankful for the redemptive work of the cross.