I am writing this on Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King Day. Truly MLK is one of the greatest and most relevant prophets of our time, and his acute analysis of American race relations remains prophetic. He would have turned 92 today. To honor his memory this week, I want to share a few of his timeless quotes:
Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
Freedom is not won by a passive acceptance of suffering. Freedom is won by a struggle against suffering.
We need leaders not in love with money but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with humanity.
May MLK’s words, which arose from his deep faith and biblical witness, inspire us anew to become a more peaceful and just people.