“Hate cannot drive out hate,
only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
He was so right. And so much of our culture is so wrong.
It’s obvious from many people’s actions that they think hatred and meanness and small-mindedness is the way to get what they want. Some of them even appear to think that acts of violence and creating chaos is going to change the world for the better. We found out last year how well that works – it doesn’t.
Our world would be a better and much more safe place if we understood and lived out Dr King’s words – that only love can drive out hate.
My son, David Glasser, was a Phoenix Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty in 2016. He was killed because of hatred.
But he lived understanding how important love is. He said ‘love you’ to everyone he cared about all the time. He knew love is the thing that can change our world for the better. Hatred is a useless waste of energy. Love is worth every effort we put into it.
Love brings acceptance.
Love brings hope.
Love brings peace.
God is love and all real love comes from God.
So this year, on our Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, let’s celebrate love. Let’s give out a lot of hugs. Let’s share smiles with people we don’t know. Let’s be extra kind on the freeways and parking lots, at work and in stores and restaurants.
Let’s recommit to saying ‘love you’ to the people we care about in our lives. And lets find a special way to celebrate love with those closest to us.
Because love is the only way we’re going to drive hate out of our world. And we can do it. Together, we can each have a positive affect on our small part of the world.