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LISTEN NOW! WATCH FULL PROGRAM! Hate is increasing throughout the world. Regardless of what is happening, this doesn’t change God’s expectation for us. What is His expectation? Love. When things have been less turbulent and less divisive, we still haven’t loved. Because of our impatience and self-focus, we become irritated over the duration of a red light. Does it have to take tragedy for us to come together with each other? A great example of how we are to love amidst hatred is the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When Naomi King and Alveda King sat down and talked about the life of Dr. King, Naomi shares a powerful story of how Dr. King demonstrated the power of love. As a sister-in-law to Dr. King, Naomi King had a first-hand perspective of the life and ways of Dr. King. On one particular night, as she shares, Dr. King had come home. What she didn’t know was that Dr. King had been detained by the police. “You know what Neeny?”, he said to her. “No, what M.L.” she responded. “They tried to choke me to death with my own tie.” He continued to share with her, not only how he intended on responding, but how we need to all respond, “The more that they mistreat us and abuse us, that’s the more that we’ve got to love them and forgive them because hatred is very much alive, and we’ve got to love them.”
This such a revealing reality for all of us. Can we love while it is still easy? We must have a heart of compassion. We must be aware of all that taking place within the world; persecution of Christians throughout the Middle East, 50 million + children aborted since the passing of Roe v Wade, economic crisis in Venezuela, 1 million women and children sex trafficked, and so many other devastating realities. It’s difficult to be concerned about that which we believe doesn’t affect us. If we believe this, we must consider what Dr. King stated, “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Presently, we are seeing division and strife erupting in our city streets. Protestors are marching down the streets chanting things simply unheard of. In one particular demonstration, we get a glimpse of love and forgiveness overcoming the plans of division and strife. When a group of Black Lives Matter protestors lined one side of the street, and protesters with another perspective lined the other side, all of the tension was immediately diffused when they began to cross the divide to meet each other; with hugs. Amidst the sounds of warm embraces and patting on each other’s backs, one can be heard repeatedly expressing, “This is how you kick down a wall.” A gentle word can turn around the harshest of situations.
It was a simple hug that melted so many hearts when the citizens of Dallas gathered to show their support of law enforcement. When people lined up, it was handshakes of gratitude, it was embraces of thankfulness, and repeated words of affirmation. These thoughtful actions are a demonstration of what Jesus said in John 13:34, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” This is the overwhelming power that love has when we choose to express love over hate. See the full conversation to see the reaction from Dallas Police Officers, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: love, forgiveness, crisis, Civil Christianity, empathy, compassion, and humility. Greg and John shared in this segment.
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