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So we’re barely a week away from the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and, unfortunately, conflict is dominating the news.

The situation with Syria is grave and we’re not sure how things are going to play out… We’re prayerful for a nonviolent resolution to this crisis.

That said, it saddens me greatly that, in the aftermath of the anniversary march largely inspired by the legacy of the nonviolent Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., two conflicts are unfolding—one between nations, the other within a family—that would cause the late civil rights icon a great deal of anguish. Along with the threat of U.S. military action against Syria—an action Dr. King would undoubtedly disapprove—there’s also the reemergence of public infighting within the King family.

For those of you who have not heard, the King estate, run by Martin Luther King III and Dexter King, has initiated a lawsuit charging that their sister Bernice, who heads The King Center, has failed in her handling of the center.

If you recall, this is not the first time such tensions have surfaced with the King children. Five years ago, Martin III and Bernice sued Dexter for allegedly improperly using funds from their father’s estate.

Wow, how did we get here? I mean is conflict programmed into our very DNA? Or maybe conflict is just a symptom of what we really want, which is a five-letter word that drives individuals and governments to act in extreme ways to get it.

POWER… yep that’s the one… Conflict is usually brought about by a struggle for power and, unfortunately, humans have acted this way since the beginning of time.

But also throughout history, there are those who through their teachings, sacrifices and examples emphasized the extraordinary power of love, a divine type of love more powerful than human flaws and ambitions, and more energetic than any nuclear weapon.

It’s a transformative type of love literally capable of changing the hearts of men. it has torn down walls of hate, freed multitudes from enslavement, and changed nations and laws for the better.

I bring this up to suggest that all of us, today, in this time of crisis should remind ourselves of this necessary and transformative connection between power and love, and how one is inadequate and empty without the other. And it’s no surprise that the man who’d be most concerned and affected by the current turmoil in his own family and human family spoke to this transformative connection best… Dr. King informed us that:

“Power without love is reckless and abusive… Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”


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