The church has…

From Strength to Love by MLK…

“Through its obscurantism, closed mindedness, and obstinacy to new truth, the church has often unconsciously encouraged its worshipers to look askance upon intelligence.” From the chapter, Love in Action, p. 39.

We must meet hate with love.

From the chapter, Loving Your Enemies (p. 50), in MLK’s amazing book, Strength to Love.

“Forced to live with these shameful conditions, we are tempted to become bitter and to retaliate with a corresponding hate. But if this happens, the new order we seek will be little more than a duplicate of the old order. We must in strength and humility meet hate with love.”

To cooperate passively…

Apparently my goal to share an MLK Strength to Love quote everyday was a bit lofty. I may have to settle for one every few days. Here is a quote from the chapter, Shattered Dreams.

“To cooperate passively with an unjust system makes the oppressed as evil as the oppressors. Our most fruitful course is to stand firm with courageous determination, move forward nonviolently amid obstacles and setbacks, accept disappointments, and cling to hope.” Strength to Love, p. 93.

Love from MLK in February

February is the month to celebrate love. Lately, when I think of love, I think of Martin Luther King Jr. and his phenomenal book, Strength to Love. It just might be the most amazing book I have ever read. For the month of February, I’d like to share love by sharing quotes from this fantastic book, hoping we can allow the transforming words of this amazing man to encourage us and challenge us. Let us have his same strength to love.

“This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of transformed nonconformists. Our planet teeters on the brink of atomic annihilation; dangerous passions of pride, hatred, and selfishness are enthroned in our lives; truth lies prostrate on the rugged hills of nameless calvaries; and men do reverence before false gods of nationalism and materialism. The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.” -from Transformed Nonconformist, pg. 18