From an adddress by Rev Martin Luther King Jr to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, August 16, 1967:
I’m concerned about justice. I’m concerned about brotherhood. I’m concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about these, 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. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that. I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it isn’t popular to talk about it in some circles today. I’m not talking about emotional bosh when I talk about love, I’m talking about a strong, demanding love. And I have seen too much hate. I’ve seen too much hate on the faces of sheriffs in the South. I’ve seen hate on the faces of too many Klansmen and too many White Citizens Councilors in the South to want to hate myself, because every time I see it, I know that it does something to their faces and their personalities and I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love. And the beautiful thing is that we are moving against wrong when we do it, because John was right, God is love. He who hates does not know God, but he who has love has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality.
And from a sermon in Nashville, yesterday, by King’s friend and co-worker, Rev. James Lawson:
War is hell. Why then do we have baptized people in the White House, Condoleezza Rice, George Bush, all baptized folk, who are creating wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and thinking about Iran? If indeed God is God, we are called not to create hell, but to try to create a little bit of heaven somewhere.
May we all renew our dedication to incarnate a little bit of heaven somewhere, even when it means danger to ourselves.