Fifty years ago today, hate silenced a man known for his loving expressions of the full humanity and peaceful demonstrations of the inalienable rights of people of all colors and nations.
In my monthly email newsletters, I have begun profiling people who have played important roles in the long fight for equality and acceptance. So far I’ve told my email subscribers about Olaudah Equiano and William Wilberforce. Since I’m roughly following a chronological order, it will be a while before I get to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but I hope you’ll take a moment today to remember the courage he had, the forbearance he showed, the fire with which he spoke, the love and forgiveness he extended, and the principles he would not compromise.
I ran into a quote of his today that I had not read before, or if I had, I had forgotten it. And I wanted to share it with you:
“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
I, along with many others, have too often defaulted to self-interest and self-preservation at the expense of someone else who is hurting, different, marginalized, or forgotten. It’s something I’m ashamed of and something I repent of. It’s so much easier and more comfortable to leave the work to others. Instead, let’s let the good works of others inspire us to our own good works in service of one another and to the glory of the God who made all of mankind in His image.
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One thought on “Remembering Courage and Mercy”
Love the quote…and your reflection along with it. Sobering, yet the heart of the Gospel. Thanks for sharing.
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