I am currently reading a book called “Bloodlines” by Dr. John Piper. My grandma and grandpa gave me this book back during the Christmas of 2011. I love it dearly, and I have read through it once, but now that I am in this transition in my life I figured I would go ahead and pick it back up and give it another read.
There is a quote from a man who is known for his fight for justice among the African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. The pastor, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is known for his famous speech “I have a Dream” in which he did not recite word for word, but spoke directly from the heart. There is a quote buried just below the surface in “Bloodlines” where Piper notes that King “delivered a powerful call to the church”.
“There was a time when the church was very powerful in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the more of society…But the judgement of God is upon the church as never before. If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose it authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the 20th century.”- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Here is a link to Desiring God a ministry of Dr. John Piper, this link will allow you to download the book for free in PDF format: