De liefde is een kracht die transformeert. Gedachtenis aan Martin Luther KingUnited States
"Er is iets in de liefde dat opbouwend creatief is. Er is iets in de haat dat doet huilen en destructief is"
Vijftig jaar geleden doofde op 4 april 's middags in Memphis een pistoolschot het leven van de negenendertigjarige dominee Martin Luther King Jr. Maar wat niet uitdoofde, was zijn droom van liefde en gerechtigheid voor alle mensen, die ook vandaag nog door zijn woorden gevoed worden.
“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. That’s why Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” Because if you hate your enemies, you have no way to redeem and to transform your enemies. But if you love your enemies, you will discover that at the very root of love is the power of redemption. You just keep loving people and keep loving them, even though they’re mistreating you. Here’s the person who is a neighbor, and this person is doing something wrong to you and all of that. Just keep being friendly to that person. Keep loving them. Don’t do anything to embarrass them. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with bitterness because they’re mad because you love them like that. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. “love your enemies.”"
Martin Luther King jr., preek in de kerk van Montgomery (AL), 17 november 1957.