Daily Meditations: We are called to be a thermostat
Martin Luther King wrote a famous letter when confined in the Birmingham City Jail. He reminded us how early Christians had convictions and were willing to suffer for their faith.
He wrote, “In those days, the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular belief; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.”
He continued, “If the church of today does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authentic ring and be dismissed as an irrelevant social fan club with no meaning for the 20th century.”
Someone asked why we aren’t building any cathedrals today. The response made was: Cathedrals were built in the day when people had convictions and not just opinions. This is another way of saying that these people were “thermostats” and not just “thermometers.”
We live in an age in which truth is considered relative — “You have your truth and I have mine” and one is as good as the other. We just have to look at what is happening in our country to see where this is taking us.
There is no doubt about what Martin Luther King would think about what is going on today.
We better heed his words and try to be more of a thermostat than a thermometer among the people we work with and among our acquaintances. Robert E. Segal reminds us, “A man becomes a Christian; he isn’t born one.”