Pastor’s Friday Comments (01.22.2021)

No one should be so naive as to believe that a change in national administration will heal the deep divisions in our country. The divide is too great, the opinions too ingrained, the feelings too raw for unity to be easily achieved. Nevertheless, as Christians we are called to be instruments of God’s peace, seeking reconciliation wherever possible. We cannot be found on any side, but in the creative places between sides where understanding has some chance of occurring and where mutual respect can be achieved.

In the light of this formidable task, we might consider the principles of Christian faith that Martin Luther King, Jr. sought to embody in the American civil rights movement. I offer them to you now and ask that you consider how you can put them into practice in your own interactions, particularly with individuals with whom you do not agree or in situations where you seek to bring healing between others.

Martin Luther King’s Ten Commandments for Non-violent Action

  1. Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.  
  2. Remember always that a nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation – not victory.  
  3. Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love. 
  4. Pray daily to be used by God in order that all people might be free.   
  5. Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all people might be free.   
  6. Observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.   
  7. Seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.          
  8. Refrain from the violence of fist, tongue, or heart.   
  9. Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
  10. Always work together.