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Saturday, January 13, 2007
Martin Luther King, Jr. indicted war, poverty, and racism. What ideas do you have that could overcome these? -Jack
posted by Jack Mercer @ 1/13/2007 11:02:00 PM  
  • At 1/14/2007 10:15:00 AM, Blogger Helen Losse said…

    Well, to start with order matters. Just as “faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love” shows a progression, so does King’s order: “racism, poverty, and war.”

    These three are related but we have to begin where we are.

    Racism is most easily overcome through personal relationships. We can make friends with people of other races. I mean the eat-lunch-together or come-to-each-other’s-homes kind of friendship. We can learn the value of “the content of character” through people we didn’t know we had anything in common with. We learn by doing, then listening.

    Poverty is the next step. For those of us who have life’s necessities and then some, it is a branching out from our own comfort zone. Poor people have to learn to “make do” to live. Often this results in making us very uncomfortable. As individuals, we can take what we learned from getting to know those of different races to a higher level. We can befriend a poor person. This isn’t going to come quickly. An individual can only do so much. So can churches and other organizations, but we must begin where we are. By forming friendships and having conversations, we can find out from the poor what the poor need. It may be very different from what we think they need. We learn by doing, then listening.

    A government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” ought to listen to the people. Do the poor really have a voice? Or do we fight about the effects of government programs without their input?

    Fighting war is bigger step still. War usually involves other nations. It involves the foreign policy of a nation, not just the actions of individuals. But the individual can do something. It was late in King’s life that he took a public stand against the Vietnam War. But when he spoke of the “triple evils,” sometimes he used the word “violence” in place of “war.” We live in a violent world. Can a individual reduce violence?

    We can certainly reduce personal, individual violence. But first we look inward. The choice to rid oneself of angry, violent reactions is a spiritual one. And I can only speak from personal experience. When I first became committed to nonviolence as a way of life, I prayed about my situation. And God answered. I could literally feel the Spirit push the anger down when it rose.

    I am not in charge of US foreign policy nor will I ever be. And to my knowledge, we have no pacifist candidates running for office. But I must start where I am. There is an old adage that says, “Knowing we will not win is no reason not to try.” We must begin where we are in our struggle to rid our nation and then the world of racism, poverty, and war.

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