MLK and his sermon from "God Is Able" and why he had philosphical jusification for civil disobedience.

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There are many beliefs I take issue with King's 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 King's "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 can't be pleased when we discover we have cancer or AIDS. We can't be happy when we learn that we lost our job. We don't 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, King's 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...