By Zach Osowski The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin
---- — ANDERSON — Words of praise and love reverberated off the walls of the Church upon the Rock in Anderson Sunday night.
The church was hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration service, the 35th consecutive year the Concerned Ministers of Anderson has had the service.
Pastor Kerry Robinson, a member of the Concerned Ministers, welcomed everyone to the event. He said the Sunday night service tends to be a little more exciting than the Monday noon service the city of Anderson hosts at the Paramount Theatre.
“The Monday service is good,” Robinson said. “But on Sunday night we like to have church.”
Part of that church included several songs from a combined community choir that led the congregation in the packed sanctuary.
Pastor Clyde Posley, visiting from Annapolis, Md., gave the sermon on how the members of today’s Christian faith can continue what King started 50 years ago.
He said people today like to focus on the “I have a dream” speech without really getting into what King was all about, loving others equally.
“I fear that there are good meaning people in the 21st century who have forgotten the heart of Dr. King’s message,” Posley said. “We have lost the very centerpiece of social justice and that is loving people no matter what they are like.”
Posley said he believes there is no such thing as social activism without the anointing of the holy spirit.
“You cannot walk in activism without a love for your fellow man,” Posley said. “I have come tonight to challenge you to do more than just talk about it.”
He said too many people today call themselves Christians but still harbor hatred in their heart toward people of different skin colors, orientation or religion. He said social equality now needs to move past skin color and toward people’s conditions.
He said the church today needs to figure out how to take the work of activists like King and make it something palatable for today’s society.
“We are not in Martin’s era anymore,” Posley said. “At some point you can’t dream forever. You’ve got to wake up and start doing something.”
As he closed, Posley challenged the congregation to stop living in the past of King but to go out and make an impact in today’s society the way King did in his.
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