Editorial

A Tale of Three Kings

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On April 26, 2018, several Alliance leaders and pastors attended the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. The site, which features a memorial square with 800 six-foot monuments to symbolize thousands of racial terror lynching victims, was “conceived with the hope of creating a sober, meaningful site where people can gather and reflect on America’s history of racial inequality.” On page 10 you’ll read the reflections of four pastors who remind us that although progress has been made since the early ’60s, we still have a ways to go before we realize Martin Luther King’s dream that his and our children “will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Around the time Dr. Martin L. King was delivering the speech that will be forever remembered as one of the greatest discourses ever pronounced, Dr. Louis L. King, the seventh president of the U.S. C&MA, was delivering a speech of his own, advocating a worldwide Church fully owned and operated by the beautifully diverse people who comprise it. Under King’s leadership, The Alliance equipped and empowered national churches by training indigenous leaders to establish networks of Great Commission churches that would, in turn, send missionaries beyond their borders.

As you’ll read in the pages that follow, the fruits of L. L. King’s vision are unfolding. As the Alliance family continues to encourage “the gospel for and from all peoples,” more and more U.S. Anglo and ethnic pastors are joining together to help build Christ’s Church among the growing immigrant populations in their communities, and more and more Alliance World Fellowship member nations are sending workers to establish a gospel presence in parts of the world where people have no idea who Jesus is or what He offers for this life and the next. In the years ahead, if history is any indicator, these once-Christless believers will proclaim Jesus to the world’s last remaining gospel-deprived peoples, completing the Great Commission and ushering the return of the one, true King.

It may seem odd to elevate the work of M. L. King and L. L. King on a single page. But what united them beyond their surnames was their passion to esteem their Coming King by extolling the rich, diverse beauty of His Bride and of those He charged Her to love. May we be faithful to honor their legacies as they honored His image in all people.

1 response to A Tale of Three Kings

  1. So true Peter. After speaking at an Hispanic Alliance youth group in Florida in 2016, I questioned an anglo mono-lingual young man why he was at the meeting.

    He replied, “Our anglo church service doesn’t provide a youth group, but the Spanish service does, so I came here and my youth leader from Peru led me to Christ and is discipling me.”

    I asked the bilingual female Peruvian youth leader how she came to America.

    She explained, “Many years ago my uncle was led to Christ and discipled by C&MA international workers sent from the United States to Peru. When God called him to America to start an Hispanic Alliance church, I came with them to plant the youth group.”

    This is just one of many examples of Alliance Great Commission ministries coming full circle! Our U.S. ethnic churches are reaching our lost Anglo grandchildren! Praise Jesus as our Alliance World Fellowship brothers and sisters join us in completing the Great Commission, on our own soil. (Matthew 28:18-20)

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