Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, is a true American Hero. Few men have done what he has done. Few men has faced such great adversity that he has. Few men have been willing to give anything for a dream. He is a true American. And I am grateful he fought for equality and for the end of discrimination.
He set an example to everyone, on how to get things done. Never once did he raise a gun. Never once did he call for killing. No, he marched. He talked. And he got things done. He paved a way for equality through peaceful protests. He showed everyone that the only way to defeat evil, is by love. He once said, “Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate can not drive out hate; only love can do that.” We all could learn from that.
He believed in what America could become. He believed that one day the preamble of the Declaration of Independence would become a reality, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
As we reflect on his life, let us continue his legacy. The only way that our country can be truly United is by talking. It can not become great through riots and fights. It is not possible for any good to come out by destroying cities, killing police, or killing each other. Cruel words and names will not help anything, it will only make it worse. We must meet on the common ground. We must be willing to see the other side of the conversation. We must listen to each other.
We must do away with Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter. We must do away with labeling each other and defining each other based upon the color of our skin. We are not defined by our race, we are all Americans. We must work together to make Dr. King’s dream a reality. Let us link arms in unity. Let us forget about our differences and focus on our needs.
We must live in love. Love one another. And as Christians, we must lead from the front. We must be the first ones to set aside our differences and find peace. Our country needs us to step up and talk. No more killing, no more riots. Only debates. Only conversations. This is the only way that things will be different. It won’t happen over night, but it will happen. So let us continue his legacy.