January 15, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday: An Accurate Remembrance

“To separate Martin Luther King from this central piece of his theology is like separating Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount. It is to fictionalize him. Human integrity and ordinary decency require that what a person gives his or her life for be united with that life whenever it is called to mind. Dr. King always gave voice to his great truth without equivocation:

I’m committed to nonviolence absolutely. I am just not going to kill anybody, whether it’s in Vietnam or here…If nonviolent protest fails this summer, I will continue to preach and teach it…I plan to stand by nonviolence…(because) only a refusal to hate or kill can put an end to the chain of violence in the world and lead toward community where people live together without fear.”  

Excerpt from, Who is Your King? Who is your God?

 

Martin Luther King, Loving Your Enemies

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