I've been reviewing the top blog posts of 2012, broken down by theme. You can see some of the others:
On January 16, I posted an excerpt from a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. that was given in 1956. It was in the form of an imaginary letter from the Apostle Paul to American Christians. I thought it was just as applicable in 2012 as it was then. Here is one paragraph from the letter:
American Christians, I must say to you as I said to the Roman Christians years ago, "Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind." Or, as I said to the Phillipian Christians, "Ye are a colony of heaven." This means that although you live in the colony of time, your ultimate allegiance is to the empire of eternity. You have a dual citizenry. You live both in time and eternity; both in heaven and earth. Therefore, your ultimate allegiance is not to the government, not to the state, not to nation, not to any man-made institution. The Christian owes his ultimate allegiance to God, and if any earthly institution conflicts with God's will it is your Christian duty to take a stand against it. You must never allow the transitory evanescent demands of man-made institutions to take precedence over the eternal demands of the Almighty God.
That brief post was number 8 on the list of top posts of the year, which shows me just how effective Dr. King's words can still be today. I like to post something that he spoke or wrote every year on the federal holiday that honors him, and I look forward to doing the same next month.