I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Meditation: As we celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday today, his words remind us once again that evil will not prevail. In a time where racism has made its public come back in the US and profanity, lies and open oppression are sanctioned by the highest officers in the country, we need to be reminded that “unarmed truth and unconditional love” will have the final word. We need to remember the principal of non-violence as an essential means to reach the goal of justice. How tempting it is to match profanity with profanity, which is violent language! How tempting to spread lies about those opponents who are oppressors of others! How tempting to act according to the principal of “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth”! Martin Luther King elevates the non-violent principles of Jesus instead to remind us not to lower our standards, not to react to hatred with hatred and not to become infected with evil while being surrounded by it. Today we need to become leaders in our community like MLK to stand up for non-violent resistance. The social justice movement that began 50 years ago needs to be revived. Each of us needs to fight the moral infection that hatred and evil are causing in our daily lives. We need to hold on tightly to the truth and unconditional love that we have come to know in Jesus Christ.
Prayer: God, we are the next generation after MLK. We are being tested right now all around the world. Do we yield to evil as it seems to triumph everywhere these days, or do we hold onto what is right, true and love? Ground us in the hope as MLK declares it and as it is embodied in Jesus, the Christ for all to see. Let us not lose sight of what is right and just, even though love it is being temporarily defeated. You will have the final word. Thus we are hopeful. Amen
When you tell the truth, justice is done, but lies lead to injustice. Thoughtless words can wound as deeply as any sword, but wisely spoken words can heal. A lie has a short life, but truth lives on forever. Those who plan evil are in for a rude surprise, but those who work for good will find happiness. Proverbs 12: 17-20