All are Welcome. All are Worthy
January 18, 2019, 12:00 PM

January 18, 2017, 6:57 AM



This week we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and I was reminded of an experience I had in August of 2015. I had the honor of being a part of an Immersion class with my Doctoral Program at Wesley Theological Seminary. We lived in Birmingham, AL and toured the state studying the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leaders, and the formation of the civil rights movement. I worked with Dr. Anthony Hunt and about a dozen other class mates. I was humbled to get to be part of this learning experience and was the youngest in the group and only Caucasian person. 

During this trip we went to the church where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. served and preached. The group was having a good day and we were all taking pictures and having conversations. Some could not wait to stand behind the pulpit where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood and preached, with a large part of the group consisting of preachers it was a great honor. Someone would step up and a friend would take the picture and so on and so forth. I stood at the side of the church looking at the stain glass. As we began to wrap things up we took a group photo in front of the pulpit. 

Dr. Hunt reminded us we had another place we needed to go to visit and to finish up what we were doing and head out. And then he looked at me and he asked, “Kristen, have you taken your picture behind the pulpit? Here give me your phone and I’ll take it for you.” I hesitated and dropped my head, I told him I was not worthy to stand there. His answer to me was, “O yes you are. That is what part of this was all about, that all are welcome, all are worthy and I believe Dr. King would say you are worthy. And your children, they need to know you have been here and what you have seen.” And so I looked up and approached the pulpit and stood, stood where so many had gone before me so that others might be able to come after them. May we appreciate those that have gone before us and prepare for those that are yet to come for the glory of God’s kingdom. 

Galatians 3:28 (NIV): “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” 

God Bless, 

Pastor Kristen