Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Martin Luther was the leader for the Civil Rights Movement. He led in nonviolent ways while he promoted love and peace instead of hatred. King was a minister and truly shone with the love of God through his times of trouble. He loved those who wanted him dead, and continued to spread this love up until his assassination.
Martin Luther King was certainly a light of hope in the darkness of racism and hatred. He was an example to the millions of people who were stripped of dignity, rights, and even their own lives or the lives of their family members.
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” -MLK
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” -MLK
This most definitely was not easy to say and even more difficult to follow through with. Reading in our history textbooks will tell us of the horrific events that African Americans experienced to earn the rights that were supposedly for all men. It is a sad part of our history, but filled with meaning and lessons that should not be forgotten.
While racism in our country still exists, African Americans eventually won the rights that they deserved. I have always been told to learn about history as much as you can, because it repeats itself if you let it.
Lessons that we should remember from the Civil Rights Movement:
1. We are all equal, whether or not humans can accept that.
2. Love can overcome hatred.
3. Humans deserve to be treated as humans.
4. Lean on and help others in times of trouble.
Like I said in my last post, Jesus said to ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love is a great force that was first given to us by our gracious God. To reiterate our Weekly Bible Verse, I’ll post it again. I think it fits well with today.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this; to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:12-13
“Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34
Millions of African Americans died for the rights of their friends, families, and people across the States. Think on this, this week and remember that when you find it hard to love someone remember Martin Luther King and Jesus. They loved those who hated them. Let love serve as your inspiration.
I will be praying for you!
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