Romans 12:20-21 “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Tomorrow as we recognize the great civil rights leader and Baptist pastor, Martin Luther King Jr, our nation should be mindful of the lessons of his effective, non-violent, Christian-centered methods. During his “I Have a Dream Speech” Dr. King carefully reminded his followers of the importance of responsibility and restraint:
“But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.”
Christian Americans in particular should embrace the importance of these Bible-based principles. We must not let the nation’s drift from the Lord cause us bitterness. We must not let the nation’s drift from the Lord cause us hatefulness. We must not let the nation’s drift from the Lord cause us to lash out with wrongful deeds. Instead, we must conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must overcome evil with good.
Though the way of the world and the flesh is to lash out at adversity and injustice, the way of the Lord is the opposite thereof. We are to be humble. We are to be prayerful. We are to be grace-filled. We are to demonstrate charity and love.
If we are to see our dreams of national revival come true, we must separate ourselves from the ways of the world. Doing so makes us unique and far more effective. Doing so allows Christ to shine through us. PLEASE PRAY FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIANS TO FACE ADVERSITY WITH DIGNITY AND DISCIPLINE.