Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemoration
The Innovation & Engagement Missional Team has shared the following to meditate on as we commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 16th this year.
MLK: Paul's Letter to American Christians
View Hawai‘i Magazine article:
For Your Meditation, Some Words from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Racism is a philosophy based on a contempt for life. It is the arrogant assertion that one race is the center of value and object of devotion, before which other races must kneel in submission. It is the absurd dogma that one race is responsible for all the progress of history and alone can assure the progress of the future. Racism is total estrangement. It separates not only bodies, but minds and spirits. Inevitably it descends to inflicting spiritual or physical homicide upon the out— group.”
“On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right? There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he [she] must do it because conscience tells him [her] it is right.”
"And so the first question that the priest asked, the first question that the Levite asked was, "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’"