Today’s Quote from Dr. King:
Here is another insight from Dr. King’s Christmas Sermon on Peace (December 24, 1967) about what it will take to really create peace on earth.
“Our world is sick with war; everywhere we turn we see its ominous possibilities. . . There may have been a time when war served as a negative good by preventing the spread and growth of an evil force, but the very destructive power of modern weapons of warfare eliminates the possibility that war may any longer serve as a negative good. And so, if we assume that life is worth living, if we assume that mankind has a right to survive, then we must find an alternative to war and so let us this morning explore the conditions for peace. . . .
“If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone; no nation can live alone, and as long as we try, the more we are going to have war in this world. Now the judgment of God is upon us, and we must either learn to live together as brothers or we are all going to perish together as fools. . . .
“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality. . . This is the way our universe is structured, this is its interrelated quality. We aren’t going to have peace on earth until we recognize this basic fact.”
Link to more:
- In his final speech the night before he was killed, Dr. King talked about the parable of “The Good Samaritan” and how it points to our interconnectedness with others. Watch this clip here. It is a little over five minutes long.
- The full Christmas Sermon on Peace that Dr. King preached at Ebenezer Baptist Church can be found here. It is 30 minutes long and it is widely regarded as one of his greatest sermons.
For Reflection and Prayer:
- As you go through the day today, reflect on all of the ways that you are interdependent with others—both here and around the world.