Matthew 5:44 – MLK Day

Matthew 5:44
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But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

-I’ve always admired Martin Luther King Jr. because his teachings followed after Jesus’ principle of loving them that hate you.  In his push for equal rights, King and his followers were known for peaceful rallies and non-violent resistance.  In his address on August of 1963, he uttered these famous words; “I have a dream, that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”  In a place and time where black skin marked a person as inferior, it would have been easy to lash out, to show hatred and contempt for white people; but that was not what Martin Luther King Jr. preached.  He spoke not of a dream where blacks gained superiority over whites, but rather a dream where skin tones were laid aside and people acknowledged that they are the product of the same God and that God created everyone equally.  This should be our dream as well, “Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.” (Colossians 3:11)

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