Editor’s Note: Originally published on the RLC Blog January 31, 2018. Editor’s Note: As we move towards the month where we celebrate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., into Black History M...
“The mass shootings capture our attention because it could be us. The randomness feels so much worse as opposed to the one child that gets ahold of a gun or the one that gets shot by a drive-by shooting. Those, oftentimes, we’ve become numb to, and we’ve just expected them to be normal, but it’s not. It’s not normal,”
We have work to do to continue to "break the silence." As our world is increasingly plagued by violence — not just in Ukraine but also in the streets of America — we must continue King’s legacy of nonviolence. We, too, must keep breaking the silence.
We are up against some fierce principalities and powers – the triplet evils of racism, materialism, and militarism are as alive and well as they were 55 years ago. But the love of God is the strongest force in the world. Nothing is more powerful than God’s love.
Theologians are important in all our lives. They are the researchers and scholars who write and lecture about the weighty questions we all — people of faith and no faith — contemplate and wrestle with.
In times such as this, we need not celebration and commemoration of men and women who lived valiantly, but we need to be disturbed and re-energized; not by the “safe” King, created by certain persons to tone down his radical legacy, but we need the radical King, the radical, Hamer, and the radical Rustin.
This false slaveholder religion has not only propped up political powers that hurt poor people of all colors; it has also diminished the souls of those who inhabit its hypocritical contradictions.
Now I’m wondering which Dr. King you were referring to? It must have been the sanitized myth of the “apostle of nonviolence” that America created in order to fit her narrative of exceptionalism.