Martin Luther King Jr.

I know I missed the big day, but I was just thinking of MLK and love.

Especially in the context of Matthew 5:39: “But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”I would not be surprised to learn that there were leaders in the black community at the time who pointed to this verse as a reason to avoid confrontation.

I’m also sure that there were many in the civil rights movement who were entirely uninterested in loving their racist oppressors, but King saw a more perfect way. In order to love a racist you must resist the racist in his racism.

So Matthew 5:39 most likely falls under the purview of Ecclesiastes 3:1: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven”

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