Monday, July 18, 2016

The Peril of Violence

This erupting violence against police officers, if continued, will contribute to the denigrating of our nation. Dr. King laid a foundation that we are beginning to see erode. The unshakable commitment to nonviolence was the high moral ground upon which the first gains of Civil Rights were won. If that foundation is abandoned, this entire nation will suffer. The Bible warns that the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Anger must be sanctified and purified through prayer and reflection and then channeled into productive, restorative and healing action. If we resort to violent acts, we will be consumed and every lash, tear, loss and heartache experienced by our ancestors will be for naught. Put down your weapons and lift up one another. Otherwise, our doom is sure and all the lofty dreams of those who have gone before will die with us.

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