“I would rather die than hate you.”
Jesus was nonviolent. He taught the nonviolent love of friends and enemies. Today we remember the Christian prophet and preacher Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was willing to die for his faith. Listen to him preach on “Loving Your Enemies” here: Loving Your Enemies. See photos from the march from Selma to Montgomery at The New Yorker here: The Long Road from Selma to Montgomery.
Servant of God Dorothy Day once wrote of MLK: “’Unless the grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it remains alone. But if it die it produces much fruit.’ Martin Luther King died daily, as St. Paul said. He faced death daily, and said a number of times that he knew he would be killed for the faith that was in him. The faith that men could live together as brothers. The faith in the Gospel teaching of non-violence. The faith that man is capable of change, of growth, of growing in love. Dr. King died daily and already in his life there were men, his immense following capable of continuing his work in the same spirit…”