This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.
Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
Today, we are going to look at the third of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s six principles of nonviolence. As you will see, these principles are not just guidelines for protest, but they also apply to how we live our lives in general and how we approach the various conflicts that we face with others. So far we have looked at the following principles.
1. Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. It is active nonviolent resistance to evil. It is assertive spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.”
2. Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding. The end result of nonviolence is redemption and reconciliation. The purpose of nonviolence is the creation of the Beloved Community.
The third principle is: “Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people. Nonviolence holds that evildoers are also victims.”
In the midst of the debate on racism and police violence in America, some of the words we hear thrown about are ‘white supremacy’ and ‘white privilege.’ Unfortunately, another sticking point has also been those who call for and applaud — whether publicly or privately — violence against police officers. Sadly, statistics show that the killing of police officers went up by 56% percent last year.
It cannot be emphasized or said loudly enough that white people, police officers, and other law enforcement officials are not the enemy. Inflicting violence on police is not the answer to the sometimes strenuous ties minority communities have with the police. To those who protest and march for “justice”, your job is not to defeat the police, but to defeat injustice.
The Bible tells us that law enforcement officials are also ministers of God and that we ought to “be subject to them.” Romans 13:2 says, “Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” Showing the proper respect to God-ordained authority can go a long way in healing racial tensions with police.
This third principle of non-violence also reminds us that police are people who, for the most part, strive to do the right thing. Because they are human, they will sometimes make mistakes and bad judgment calls. They are also sinners in God’s sight like the rest of us. When actions by law enforcement are perceived as wrong by society, that does not give us the right to disrespect and defy their authority. It certainly does not give us the right to perpetrate violence in return.
This principle of nonviolence also holds that “the evildoers are also victims.” The whites who engaged in racism, discrimination, and violence against black people during the Civil Rights era were just as much victims of their own sinful mentality as were the people they acted in hatred against.
As Christians, we ought not to view them as the enemy, but rather as sinners who simply need their hearts and minds opened to the life-changing truth of Scripture which tells us that God made all people of “one blood.” If you have a hard time not seeing law enforcement as your enemy or as the enemy of your community, remember Jesus words: “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”
If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, we will look at Dr. King’s fourth principle of nonviolence in our next episode.
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Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.
John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that -whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.