This Sunday our text is the final scene of Moses life. Moses and God are atop Pigah where God allows Moses to look into the promised land, the land he has been traveling towards for 40 years. This is the land he has been leading his people to. But in one of the most unfair statements in the Bible God tells Moses “I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there!”
Been to the Mountaintop! Those words echo in our minds because they were part of the final sermon delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr, the night before he was killed. I have been reading that sermon, and am going to use some of it, the part we know on Sunday. (I hope you will come and hear it! Shameless plug!)
But I was stuck with a part I have never read before. These are words that speak to us today just as poignantly as they did in April, 1968.
It’s all right to talk about “long white robes over yonder,” in all of its symbolism. But ultimately people want some suits and dresses and shoes to wear down here! It’s all right to talk about “streets flowing with milk and honey,” but God has commanded us to be concerned about the slums down here, and his children who can’t eat three square meals a day. It’s all right to talk about the new Jerusalem, but one day, God’s preacher must talk about the new New York, the new Atlanta, the new Philadelphia, the new Los Angeles, the new Memphis, Tennessee. This is what we have to do.
I wonder when the church will show as much concern for the street where we live as the street flowing with milk and honey.