Myles Falls Horton; born in Savannah, TN; “Father of the Civil Rights Movement” and founder of Highlander Folk School in Monteagle. In 1982, Highlander was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for its historic role in providing education on behalf of human rights in the region.
Quote from: We Make the Road by Walking:
“When people criticize me for not having any respect for existing structures and institutions, I protest. I say I give institutions and structures and traditions all the respect that I think they deserve. That’s usually mighty little, but there are things that I do respect. They have to earn that respect. They have to earn it by serving people. They don’t earn it just by age or legality or tradition.”
Civil rights was an important issue and this post is not about that. It is about the general heart attitude professed in the statement above.
Read Romans 13:1-7, 1 Peter 2:13-17 if you missed Sunday School last week.
Since God has appointed human rulers; the person who opposes them is in a state of rebellion against the ordinance of God. And this does not just mean law breaking; it is bad attitude of the heart that leads to judgment.
Narrow is the path of those who wish to honor God in submission to a dis-likable government, but in our honor of human government, we honor the One who has instituted it—the God of our salvation.
Mr. Horton’s worldview was likely influenced by his education. He attended the radical Union Theological Seminary and joined the Social Gospel Movement. The Social Gospel movement believed that if Christianity’s principles were applied to social problems, there could be a heaven on earth (Braden 26).
The social gospel promises peace [remember the Nobel Peace nomination] where there will never be peace in this life.
They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace. (Jeremiah 6:14 ESV)
The true power to heal [spiritually – eternally] is only in the gospel of Jesus Christ; as evidenced by obedience to the commands of scripture [Rom. 13, 1 Peter 2, etc.].
A Christian worldview should change the way you view the world…..