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Published:February 19th, 2007 09:31 EST
The Time Is Always Ripe To Do Right

The Time Is Always Ripe To Do Right

By Garrett Godwin

"The time is always ripe to do right."

That quote comes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

Besides being poetic, that rhymes.  And he lived by that quote; he stood for what was right: peace, brotherhood, equality, nonviolence... to achieve social, racial and spiritual unity.

The time is always ripe to do right.

We can`t ignore what`s going on, both in our lives and the entire world.  There`s still crime, poverty, hatred, racism, and other forces that are against both the common good and the greater good; it is neverending.  We are victims of these elements because we`ve suffered from them so much that we don`t know how to fight back.  But we are also perpetrators due to the fact we`ve committed these acts against one another, hurting ourselves and each other.

Dr. King was always ripe to do right because he was one of the main foundations of the civil rights movement -- a tireless advocate for racial justice and freedom.  But he was also a man of God in that he preached harmony, forgiveness, love, unity, brotherhood, and so on to his fellow brethren. He loved the church and the people in it.  He had faith in both God and the good of all people, of every race.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is what you could say is like (to me, anyway) Professor X, leader of the mutant superheroes known as the X-Men.  The latter believes that one day humans and mutants can live among one another without fear or prejudice, and the former believed that both black and white people can do the same without judging the color of their skin.  Both Professor X and Dr. King were trying to bring two worlds together and make them as one.

The time is always ripe to do right.

Whenever we have a chance to do something good and/or help someone in need -- whether that person is a stranger or a friend -- we should do it.  Whenever we have a chance to make a difference, even in a small way, the time is now.  If we ignore what`s happening in the world today, then what does that make us?  What kind of people are we?

The reason we ignore the pleas of others is due to the fact we just accept the world as it is, and assume there`s nothing we can do about it.  In other words, this is the world we live in, and it`s not our problem.  Crime, injustice, poverty, and other elements against humanity are ongoing, but still it is our problem because people are dying and hurting everyday.  There are those who are less fortunate than we are, and there are others who need someone to believe in: someone to give them hope and a reason to go on in life as well as give them a sense of purpose.  But most of all, we need help as much as the world needs help.

The time is always ripe to do right.

We can do some good not only as an individual, but also as a group.  Whether we`re with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) or the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), we all play an important part of helping our fellow man, woman, and child of all age, race, nationality, religion, and so on. 

You`re never too old or young to make an impact on someone`s life through one act of goodness.  Whether we`re police officers, doctors, lawyers, or ministers, we`re all on the same side in the same war: both soldiers and champions of good that are fighting against the forces of evil. 

But although it`ll be a long war, always remember what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: "The time is always ripe to do right".