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There are many beliefs I take issue with Kings Philosophical justification for civil disobedience The poem written by Paul Laurence Dunbar in Our God is Able is an example in our lives We encounter tests trials and difficulties that serve to make us stronger and better Look at James verses 2-4 Consider it pure joy my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything James is telling us to face the assignments challenges and tests of life with confidence and joy because there is a purpose in these trials and the result is a good one In Kings Admitting the weighty problems and staggering disappointments Christianity affirms that God is able to give us the power to meet them How can we do that We cant be pleased when we discover we have cancer or AIDS We cant be happy when we learn that we lost our job We dont feel pleasure when we learn that our children prefer to use drugs That would be unrealistic it would be irrational But we are reminded to embrace that Christian understanding of life that affirms that even in suffering that God is in control that God is good and that God has a good purpose in our suffering As written Kings life began when he became a part of the leadership of the Montgomery bus protest The book of James warns us that trials are to be expected in this life This was the beginning of his burdens God is not going to put more on you then what you can bear Our trials are divinely designed to build Christlike character in us Whenever you encounter a trial know that God is planning to change and purify something in your life King was ready to give up because of an
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