Following up my post post from earlier this week about how more churches should be making a bigger deal about MLK day, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that many do.
I flew to Michigan Friday for a board meeting of a non-profit I serve on. During my ride from the airport, I was talking with fellow board member Pastor Clifford Barnett of Brighton Rock A.M.E. Zion Church in Portsmouth, Va. Besides being on my list for one of the coolest pastors in the world (this guy gets up every morning during the school year and waits with kids who are waiting for their bus!), Pastor Barnett and team are active participants in their local “day on/day off” program.
The concept “it’s not a day off, it’s a day on” honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as not just a holiday break from working, but a chance to serve our communities. The idea is brilliant (thank you Congress of 1994!).
I’m sure Dr. King would have preferred any honor people were going to give him to be done in the name of serving others rather than serving ourselves.
Thanks Pastor Clifford Barnett and to all other churches who make a big deal out of this holiday!