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 continue looking at the fifth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s six principles of nonviolence. As we have seen, 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.
2. Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
3. Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people.
4. Nonviolence holds that voluntary suffering can educate and transform.
Today, we are going to continue looking at the fifth principle of nonviolence which is as follows:
Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
• Nonviolence resists violence of the spirit as well as of the body.
• Nonviolent love gives willingly, knowing that the return might be hostility.
• Nonviolent love is active, not passive.
• Nonviolent love does not sink to the level of the hater.
• Love for the enemy is how we demonstrate love for ourselves.
• Love restores community and resists injustice.
• Nonviolence recognizes the fact that all life is interrelated.
Let’s begin by focusing on the statements: “Love restores community and resists injustice. Nonviolence recognizes the fact that all life is interrelated.”
Have you ever considered that you might have more in common with others than you realize? No, I am not just talking about your family and friends. I am talking about people you may consider your enemies. Despite our differences, black people and white people have much in common. The rich and poor, the educated and uneducated, the well-known and the unknown have more in common than they may think.
When you really consider it, most of the divisions between people groups that have occurred through history have been arbitrary and based on misunderstandings. We look back at the Holocaust in Europe or apartheid in South Africa and shake our heads at how hatred from one group of people toward another can cause such violence and injustice and can be taken to such an extreme. Yet, today, the same vices still plague us. We see it in the recent rioting and vandalism in cities like Baltimore and Ferguson. We see it in the senseless killing and brutality of the Islamic State in Syria and the Middle East. We see it in the apparent attitudes of some that black people are not deserving of the same respect and dignity as whites. It is almost as if the perpetrators of the violence and hatred are blind to the fact that they are destroying the lives of other humans who have dreams, hopes, and families that they would like to return to.
Someone once remarked that, generations from now, people will look back on us and see the absurdity of our society being polarized around something as simple — and uncontrollable — as skin color. The same could go for divisions based on religion and ethnicity.
Why can’t we realize that “all life is interrelated”? What affects one, affects all. Although we have our differences, we are fundamentally the same — humans created in the image of God. Acts 17:26 says that God “hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth…” If we remember that our fellow humans — black, white, Hispanic, Asian, and others — are people made in the image of God, it will make us think twice before responding to injustice in a way that is violent or harmful. This does not mean that we ought to stand by while injustice is perpetrated. But it does mean that we will choose to respond in a way that is healthy, respectful, and honoring to God.
If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, we will begin looking at sixth 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.