Christian Influence on the Progress of American Society
Charissa Bogner, Korissa Murphy, and Britni Killingsworth
Throughout history, standing up for one's rights has been a big part of America’s growth in regards to: women’s rights, segregation, taxation, religion...etc. However, with the expansion of America over the last few hundred years, Americans have gone from respecting others’ point-of-views to being offended when those point-of-views that differ are shared. “We often hear it said that ‘if your religious beliefs work for you, that’s great, but don’t impose them on others’”. Because of this dilemma, words such as; “judgmental”, “hypocritical”, and “intolerant” are all accusations ...view middle of the document...
This whole verse is formed around the concept that we all sin and should not to be the first to point out the “plank” in someone else when you may have one in yourself. Nowadays, in our postmodern era, people want to keep their “planks”(narrow minded opinions) and use them to whack Christians over the head, saying “It’s who I am! Its true for me!” and ignore the fact that the change is meant in their best interest and in the interest of the progress of America. In the moment, Christians can be seen as intolerant and narrow-minded, when really they are just following Biblical values in an attempt to help shape America into a better country. There are several Christians throughout history who have stood out to both religious and atheistic Americans alike in their positive influence on American society, despite their desire for radical changes.
Although Americans in the present as well as the past have looked upon Christians and their values as negative and intolerant to people, this is not an accurate representation of the impact that Christians have had on the progress of American society. One example of an individual who stood firm in their Christian values throughout their time of public influence would be Martin Luther King Jr. MLK was a Baptist preacher for Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia as well as the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He was a Civil Rights activist who advocated for equal rights for Americans. Because King’s ideas were so radically different from the general public, many people may have misunderstood his intentions as intolerant, rather than simply advocating for the equality of all people. “We are challenged to rise above the narrow confines of our individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity” MLK could see that for the country to progress into equality for all that it was going to take more than a few protests; it was going to take the American people opening their minds and changing their world views completely. Although it is often overlooked, it was because of his determination, knowledge of the Constitution, and his faith in Christ, that he understood that every person was created equal and deserved to be treated with respect. One of Martin Luther King’s most famous quotes is within the speech, “I Have a Dream,” that says,
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal’...with this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”
This quote is an accurate representation of the values that were a part of keeping America headed in the right direction. This can be seen as being...