A little bit of history came to Regent University during Campus Ministries’ weekly University Chapel service on Wednesday, Feb. 11.
Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and daughter of A.D. King, civil rights activist and Baptist minister, greeted a packed house of Regent students, faculty after appearing on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s 700 Club.
“I’m energized by the anointing of the Lord. I’m empowered by the worship of the saints of the most-high God,” said King, who continues to surge forward in her own human rights activism.
Though her life and her career have been guided by her many pursuits, political and social, her one passion remains the same day in and out: Jesus Christ. No matter what the media perpetuates about her, or what outsiders assume, she’s made it her life’s mission to follow God.
“We can’t care about what other people think,” said King. “Are we going to obey God or are we going to obey ‘man?'”
Throughout her career, King confessed that, much like the civil rights activists of the past, she’s faced scrutiny for her beliefs. But just because she doesn’t completely agree with a world leader doesn’t mean she dislikes them.
“How can you pray for someone if you hate them?” said King.
Praying for the nation’s leaders as well as the world’s future leaders is part of her personal ministry.
“Young people, you’re not the ‘future leaders’ of America, you are leaders right now,” she said. “How would it look if we were all running a race together, I tried to pass the baton and there was no one behind me?”
Along with establishing leadership at an early age, King shared several other means of living a full, spirit-led life.
“Make home your priority. I don’t mean your house. I’m not talking about the structure. I’m talking about the state of where your residence is,” said King. “Get a good education. Serve your family. When we begin serving our families first, then we’re equipped to serve others.”
Finally, she instructed her audience to guard their hearts in matters of romance, defend the needy, work for life and find joy in all things.
“There’s a difference between happiness and joy,” said King. “Happiness is good, but joy comes from a deeper fountain.”
Regent University’s celebration of Black History month will continue Wednesday, Feb. 25. Learn more about Regent University’s Campus Ministries.