Caleb Adams Commentary
Monday, January 17, 2005
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you
As Dr. Martin Luther King said in a letter dated April 16, 1963
My dear fellow clergymen ...
While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities "unwise and untimely."
So I have not said to my people: "Get rid of your discontent." Rather, I have tried to say that this normal and healthy discontent can be channeled into the creative outlet of nonviolent direct action. And now this approach is being termed extremist.
But though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."