“But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. ”
-Martin Luther King Jr. “I have a dream” August 28th, 1963
While Dr. King was speaking about racial injustice, I feel that we could take his words of wisdom and apply them to any circumstances in which adversity is at the forefront.
We live in a diverse country where varying beliefs, values & opinions are in abundance. I have seen time and time again when those variances cause people groups to pit themselves against one another. There are no peaceful talks with mutual respect. No. It becomes a battle of who is right and who is wrong. Ugly words are spewed. Hate is spread like wildfire. And just as in Dr. King’s time, nothing is accomplished.
If we are faced with a struggle of inequality or discrimination, what good will it do to engage in dishonest practices or bitter talk? Sometimes the most difficult thing to do is remain dignified when someone is attacking who you are. But there is something to be said about one’s character when you can lift your head high & hold your tongue during the fiercest of attacks and let your composure speak volumes.
When differing opinions present themselves, rather than allowing our differences to divide and cause hatred among us, can we not embrace one another in brotherly love? Because we are in fact brothers and sisters. We are all a part of the human race. How you dress, whom you love, where you worship, the color of your skin should not dictate the treatment that you receive from others. Respect should not be based on commonalities.
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”
(Romans 12:9-10 NLT)