On this day 53 years ago, (8/16/67), Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech at the 11th Annual Southern Christian Leadership Conference titled “Where Do We Go from Here”. King was a man of God and often delivered Biblical wisdom. The following are excerpts from that speech.
“The job of arousing manhood within a people that have been taught for so many centuries that they are nobody is not easy.”
“As long as the mind is enslaved, the body can never be free. Psychological freedom, a firm sense of self-esteem, is the most powerful weapon against the long night of physical slavery.”
“There is nothing wrong with power if power is used correctly. What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best, is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love. And this is what we must see as we move on.”
“Now, let me rush on to say we must reaffirm our commitment to nonviolence. One sees screaming youngsters and angry adults fighting hopelessly and aimlessly against impossible odds. And deep down within them, you perceive a desire for self-destruction, a kind of suicidal longing.”
My comment: All of mankind is God’s creation and potential sons of God. The violent ones are those who are hurting from, and angry about, the oppression they are under, either by their own wrong choices, or circumstances beyond their control. Oppression is not of God. Pray for freedom from oppression for all mankind by their coming to know the Love of God, who they are in Christ, and the future for those who are His.
“And the other thing is, I'm concerned about a better world. I'm concerned about justice; I'm concerned about brotherhood; I'm concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can't murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can't establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can't murder hate through violence. Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that.”
“And I say to you, I have also decided to stick with love, for I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind's problems. And I'm going to talk about it everywhere I go.”
“God is love. He who hates does not know God, but he who loves has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality.”
“Let us go out with a divine dissatisfaction.”
“Let us be dissatisfied until every state capitol will be housed by a governor who will do justly, who will love mercy, and who will walk humbly with his God.
“Let us be dissatisfied until from every city hall, justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
“Let us be dissatisfied until that day when the lion and the lamb shall lie down together, and every man will sit under his own vine and fig tree, and none shall be afraid.”
“Let us be dissatisfied, and men will recognize that out of one blood God made all men to dwell upon the face of the earth.”
“Let us be dissatisfied until that day when nobody will shout, "White Power!" when nobody will shout, "Black Power!" but everybody will talk about God's power and human power.”
“We must walk on in the days ahead with an audacious faith in the future.”
“Let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.”
"Let us go out realizing that the Bible is right: "Be not deceived. God is not mocked. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
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