Written by Tammy Berry
This weekend, as we celebrate Dr. Kings birthday, I feel it’s only appropriate to honor him with one of my favorite quotes:
“If you can’t fly, then run.
If you can’t run, then walk.
If you can’t walk, then crawl.
But whatever you do, keep moving
These words still ring true today. I often reflect on them when I feel the urge to give up. I can’t imagine the pain and the struggle of the civil rights movement.
As a mother of two bi-racial and one African American, I can testify to the pain that racism causes. Is racism still an issue? Yes, absolutely! I have had to console tear filled eyes and the question, “Why mommy?What’s the big deal?” To be honest I didn’t have a answer other than…hate.
The Devil uses racism as a tool for hate and division. Have you taught your children hate or love? Unity or division?
Dr. King said:
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too big of burden to bear.”
Let’s be honest we have all had our issues with racism, but what does the word of God say about hate? What does it say about love?
“He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.” 1 John 2:9
“Above all, love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (note that it says above all).
I leave you with one last quote from Dr. King:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”