Reblogged from Huffington Post:
When I read “Strength to Love,” a tremendous collection of Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermons, I was surprised and moved on its last pages by this particular passage, which described God in ways that feel foreign to me. While I think of God as a kind of spiritual energy, Martin Luther King Jr. related to God as a person.
The agonizing moments through which I have passed during the last few years have drawn me closer to God. I am convinced of the reality of a personal God. True, I have always believed in the personality of God. But in the past the idea of a personal God was little more than a metaphysical category that I found theologically and philosophically satisfying. Now it is a living reality that has been validated in the experiences of everyday life. God has been profoundly real for me in recent years. In the midst of lonely days and dreary nights I have heard an inner voice saying, “Lo, I will be with you.”
As inspiring as this is, I continue to find it hard to believe King isn’t speaking in a quasi-metaphorical way. He talks of an inner voice and yet he can’t be “hearing a voice” the way a schizophrenic hears it. Yet he isn’t simply saying, “I feel at peace” or “I have an inner certainty that passes understanding.” He says God is a person. He hears, or feels, a personal communication with God.