Half a century ago, the voice of love and equality, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically murdered in Memphis, Tennessee.
Despite the shocking end to his life, King’s work left behind a powerful legacy that impacted not only on America, but the world. It was the consciousness of Dr. King, the civil rights movement, and many in the faith community that rightly pointed out the American hypocrisy that our laws did not reflect the Declaration of Independence truth that “all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.”
Americans, and citizens around the world, remember King’s legacy for his call to freedom and racial unity through love and engagement; a message he still shares with the world a half-century later. The supremacy of any race over another is not only immoral, it’s contradictory to the fundamental idea of America and our Declaration of Independence.
Love is the consistent theme throughout many of his writings and remarks: “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend,” or “I have decided to stick with love … Hate is too great a burden to bear,” or “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Fifty years later, America still needs his message of love and unity.
On social media and cable news, discourse often looks like hate trying to drive out hate, rather than light and love driving out hate. Angry bitter dialogue harms our ability to be the UNITED States of America. Our divisive rhetoric loses sight of the message of Dr. King, from the scriptures, that all people are made in the image of God and have inherent worth and dignity.
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Source: Christian Post