Where do you stand?
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King, Jr
This quote comes from a book written by our dearest Martin Luther King, Jr titled “Strenght of Love.” The book was published in 1963 as a collection of his sermons primarily on the topic of racial segregation in the United States and with a heavy emphasis on permanent religious values.
Fifty plus years later, our country faces the pain and violence of racism once again. It is hard breaking to watch what is happening, although I know racism and violence have been around for years, it is unbelievable to witness what is happening around us. To see how we so willingly partner with rage, destruction, and violence is devastating. Is it our sinful nature? How quickly do we lose sight of what is right and wrong? The above quote is a brave confrontation to have you face your truth. Where do you stand in the midst of challenge and controversy?
Mr. King was a courageous Christian man filled with truth, love, and revelation to carryout what he knew to be right. He inspired agape love which is exactly what we all need now. Agape love refers to pure love, like the love of God for His people. Unconditional, selfless, benevolent, accepting, sacrificial love. This is what we all need and must display to one another.
As we all face these difficult times, and the mourning of a loss life, my hope and prayer is grounded in faith to believe. I choose to believe in you and me to have the right to choose to display this agape love. The kind of love capable to drive out all fear, all darkness, all evil, this love, the most powerful force in the universe… The love of God!
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34