Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Remembering "Martin Luther King, Jr.'s" Beloved Community

Hello All,

Today more than ever during this period of hostility in our own personal world. If not the greater world at large be it in our Nation and beyond. Makes this philosophy proposed by "Martin Luther King,Jr." harder to pursue and for some is foolish thinking. But as the good reverend would call it the "Beloved Community". In my thoughts I consider this man who has become more Legend in reverence. A Biblical Prophet for our times, albeit an unrecognized one during this age. He wouldn't be the first, nor the last.

During a sermon delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, In Montgomery, Alabama, on November 17, 1957. He said in this excerpt:

"You just keep loving people and keep loving them, even though they're mistreating you. Here's the person who is a neighbor, and this person is doing something wrong to you and all of that. Just keep being friendly to that person. Keep loving them. Don't do anything to embarrass them. Just keep loving them, and they can't stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with bitterness because they're mad because you love them like that. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they'll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That's love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There's something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies."

If you've ever wondered why it says to "Love Your Enemies" in the New Testament. There it is explained by the good reverend who was also a student of "Mahatma Gandhi" own philosophy of non violence.
This non-violence isn't wishy washy, there's power and grace in it for its practitioners.

Its up to all of us to choose a better and smarter way to achieve Peace. Not a peace that has no backbone, but a peace that is firmly rooted in each others better half.