“A Knock at Midnight”, soul stirring sermons from Dr. King

A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. by Clayborne Carson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I browsed the African American section at the local library for a soul stirring nonfiction book, I didn’t know the tips of my my finger would land on “A Knock at Midnight” inspirations from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermons. It is a small book, however these sermons, which were transcribed from audio reveals how clearly, how methodically, and how serious King was about peace. I can honestly say I never fully grasped how spiritual and how intelligent King was until after I read this book.

One of his sermons, called “A Knock at Midnight” is about the parable in Luke 11:5-6 where a lonely traveler knocks at someone’s door around the midnight hour to ask for food for a friend. What would you do? Dr. King says, “It is also midnight within the moral order. At midnight colors lose their distinctiveness and become a sullen shade of gray. Moral principles have lost their distinctiveness. For modern man, absolute right and wrong are a matter of what the majority is doing. Right and wrong are relative to likes and dislikes…”(Carson & Holloran, 1998, p.67: A Knock at Midnight)

Dr. King saw clearly into the future and I enjoyed reading his insights on what is happening in this world today although these messages are from his time. You can hear his voice in these sermons-no kidding. It was such an eye opener for me. The book even includes congragation outbursts in italics and that made it all the more real.

If you’d like to know more about this wonderful man whose dream was to bring everyone together in unity with nonviolence, then please read this book.

It’s time we answer the knock at midnight and get back to our real values.

*Find this book in the Encouraging Reads Section.

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