Given the amount of hostility and polarization right now, perhaps epitomized by the current impeachment trial, I thought we needed more than one day of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s insights about coming from love towards all. Here are a couple of quotes from a service he gave on November 17, 1957 at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama that was entitled “Loving Your Enemies”:
“Far from being the pious injunction of a utopian dreamer, this command is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization. Yes, it is love that will save our world and our civilization, love even for enemies. …”
“…In the final analysis, love is not this sentimental something that we talk about. It’s not merely an emotional something. Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system.”
Thank you for your wisdom, Dr. King.