My church recently had an essay contest and the topic was: "How Did Dr. King Implement Christian Principles in His Civil Rights Crusade?"
Well, I love to write. So, I wrote this essay because I immediately knew how Dr. King was able to do the miraculous things he did. It was a power beyond himself....Love. Oh, and I was one of the essay winners. Thank you Brightmoor!
God's Love Conquers All by Aubrey Perry
As many may know, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was not only an activist, but he was also a pastor. He used many principles from the Bible when protesting for equality, prayed often and was led by the Holy Spirit.
One principle that guided his stance for justice was “loving your enemies.” Matthew 5:43-45 says: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thy enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be children of your Father which is in heaven.” Love was his guide. Love set the thermometer for all of Dr. King’s marches and movements during the Civil Rights era.
In the 1950’s and 60’s when segregation was extremely prominent in the south, it was not uncommon for many southern whites to treat the blacks terribly by degrading them and harming them in very violent ways. There were mob-style events where people where lynched and church bombings that resulted in treacherous murders to innocent victims – even children.
Dr. King was known for leading protests in a nonviolent way. Many were confused as to how Dr. King could stay strong and not mentally explode by fighting back. Many wondered, “how can a person not have the urge to attack the people calling them names, hurting them, spitting at them and many other terrible forms of violence?” How did Dr. King stay so peaceful through all the horror?
The answer is God’s love or Agape love. Agape is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love. The only kind of love strong enough to overcome evil and all the violence directed towards Dr. King and other protestors – is God’s love. Dr. King decided to protest by using God’s way instead of man’s way.
God’s way is the only way to victory; the only way that would not cause chaos and still solve the problem that was going on in America. God wants us to love everyone because we are all His children. God created all of us with love, and showers us with mercy every day. Dr. King knew that we must walk in love with all mankind because love never fails.Glory!