21st January in America is the day when we honor a man who lobbied against the social injustice in the United States. A man for peace. A man for love. A man who dreamed of a nation no longer divided by the color of their skin. A man who couldn’t stand around while segregation poisoned our country. A man who never took a position of hate. A man who fought hate with love. A man you fought injustice without becoming unjust. A man who found his hope in Jesus. Martin Luther King Jr was a man that fought for the end of racism. He saw the hate in our country and sought out to put a little more love into it.
“From one man he made all nations, that they should inhabit the earth…” Acts 17:26
God made all people to be equal. By all He meant all races, female or male. What inspires us the most about Martin Luther King Jr was how a man who was discriminated against his whole life and shown nothing but hate by segregationists, offered an olive branch. He sought to bring love back into the country where hate was tearing it apart.
Love. It is a word that gets tossed around so often in our society. Do we really know what love is? Do we know who powerful love is? In Galatians 5:6, “the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Love is one of the greatest commandments of the Christian faith. Jesus said in John 13:3, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” I know not everyone is a Christian or believes in God. I think we all can agree that love works better than hatred.
Love is color blind. Love is blind to social standing. Love is blind to whether you are rich or poor. Love is blind to gender. Love is blind to whether you are straight or not. Love is blind to everything that divides us. Love is blind to whatever religion you practice. Love goes across the borders of nations. Love is deaf to what language spoken. Love kicks down walls. Love removes all the barriers hate builds up.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr
Love is all encompassing. Love doesn’t leave out anyone.
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you except to be just, and to love [and to diligently practice] kindness (compassion), and to walk humbly with your God [setting aside any overblown sense of importance or self-righteousness]?” Micah 6:8
Don’t fight injustice by being unjust. Fight injustice with love. This day should help us remember a man who did just that and remind us all that love can heal all injustices.
We should not be ignorant enough to believe we are anywhere close to the society what Martin Luther King Jr dreamed of, but I know we can each do our part by loving a little bit more and hating a lot less no matter the color of our skin.
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This essay previously appeared on Haley’s personal blog.