Dr. King was a prophet

"Any discussion of the role of the Christian minister today must ultimately emphasize the need for prophecy. Not every minister can be a prophet, but some must be prepared for the ordeals of this high calling and be willing to suffer courageously for righteousness." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from his book Stride Toward Freedom

Forty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. As we pause to reflect on the transformative life of Dr. King, let us not forget that he was a modern day prophet. While Dr. King seems to be almost universally loved and respected today — when he was murdered that was not the case. True prophets are rarely popular while living, true prophets usually become popular only after death. The same can be said of this great prophet who walked among us who, like prophets before him, met the two-fold test of prophecy: foretell and forthtell.