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Today, the nation celebrates what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 91st birthday. Sharon Shahid once openly wondered whether his famed essay, Letter from Birmingham Jail, “would have made such a lasting impression or had as powerful an impact if today’s instant communication devices existed, and if someone smuggled… a mobile phone into his cell. What would have happened if he texted the famous letter or used Twitter…?”
“Instead of a legacy,” she suggests, “he most likely would have started a conversation.”
And that’s all.
“King’s voice – so poignant and crystal-clear in print – simply would lose its resonance in cyber ink…. A tweet would have faded into ether minutes after it was released, drowned out by a thousand other disparate musings.”
Challenges - Context - King - Words - Impact
But that is the least of the challenges our current context would bring to King’s words making an impact in our day. Why? It was a prophet’s voice based on a thoroughgoing Christian worldview.
And today, there are few such prophets.
Term - Worldview - Weltanschauung - World - Perception
Consider the term itself, worldview, from the German Weltanschauung (literally “world perception”), which suggests more than a set of ideas by which you judge other ideas. It is, as Gene Edward Veith has written, “a way to engage constructively the whole range of human expression from a Christian perspective.” Or as Jonathan Edwards, arguably the greatest intellect America has ever produced, once contended that the basic goal of any intellect is to work toward “the consistency and agreement of our ideas with the ideas of God.”
Now consider the worldview questions posed by Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, based on creation, the fall and redemption: Where did we come from and who are we? What has gone wrong with the world? What can we do to fix it? How now shall we live?
Reflect - Response
Reflect on the response to the first and...
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