Today we honor the memory of a great man who was courageous enough to speak against structured wrongs in our society and work creatively to right them. His voice still speaks today as we continue to wrestle with the same problems. This year’s celebration of his legacy is all the more timely as our news has been filled with racial tensions these past few months. A smoldering pot left on the back-burner for many years is finally boiling over into widespread awareness. I thought it would be appropriate to share some of Dr. King’s quotes today and allow him to speak into our current situations.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.
He ripped apart the illusions and sleepiness of a nation; offering instead a dream for what we should be. Robbing us of comfort, he forces us to face a choice of complacency or compassion. In the fight for the heart and soul, there is no middle ground. As we hear daily about extremist terrorism attacks on domestic and foreign soil, perhaps it’s time to respond with an extreme agenda. A conspiracy of love; the kind of love that gives without asking how much, the kind of compassion that meets needs, the kind of forgiveness that heals, the kind of creativity that sanctifies. Heavenly Father, give us the strength and passion to love you with all we are and love our neighbors as ourselves. Let Your kingdom come, for You have a dream for us.
Blessings to you,