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Christians who volunteer for aid organisations such as CAFOD make great sacrifices. They choose to endanger their lives by traveling to war struck countries so that they may help others, living out Jesus' message in the Gospel.

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Joe Short 10 M RE Coursework AO2 Christians who volunteer for aid organisations such as CAFOD make great sacrifices. They choose to endanger their lives by traveling to war struck countries so that they may help others, living out Jesus' message in the Gospel. Priests, monks and nuns make great sacrifices too they give up their lives to follow God.A Christian from modern times whose life was affected by Jesus' teaching on discipleship was Martin Luther King Jr. King was one of the principal leaders of the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, which fought against segregation of black and white people and demanded equal rights for all. King followed the example of Jesus, who spread his message peacefully, by carrying out nonviolent protests and by morally upholding the Gospel message. ...read more.

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King had a leading role in the Montgomery bus strike, he was elected as the president of the Montgomery improvement society. The black people were protesting against the Montgomery bus company because they introduced a rule saying that a black person had to give up their seat for a white person. He was chosen by Egdar D. Nixon, a leader of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People), who was impressed by the power and emotion in his speeches. The protest lasted for more than a year and demonstrated a new spirit of protest among southern blacks. King also made a positive impact on white people outside southern USA, due to his nonviolent philosophy and appeals to Christian nature. ...read more.

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Luther King's efforts as leader of the civil rights movement led to the civil rights act of 1964, which prohibited segregation in public places amongst other things. Due to this achievement and his highly visible Christian moral stance he was awarded the coveted 1964 Nobel Prize for peace. But all good things come to an end, King would make the ultimate sacrifice for his cause. In 1968 King was assassinated by a white racist. Thanks to his strong leadership of the civil rights movement, black people now have equal rights. After his death he came to represent courage and achievement in his struggle for equal rights. He also proved the effectiveness of peaceful demonstrations. He showed great devotion to God as a disciple, through his peaceful philosophy and his motto "meet hate with love". ...read more.

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