Words Matter

You know the old “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me” song. But we all know that words and names do hurt and those hurts last much longer than broken bones.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew that names and words can create culture and be used to bring people down or lift others up. He chose his words carefully in his sermons and his speeches. His words still impact us half a century later.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.”

“We’ve learned to fly the air like birds. We’ve learned to swim the seas like fish. And yet we haven’t learned to walk the earth like brothers and sisters.”

“One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right if the head is totally wrong.”

“You see, equality is not only a matter of mathematics and geometry, but it’s a matter of psychology.”

It’s easy to read his words and be inspired. But are we inspired to action? Are we willing to be uncomfortable in learning how we might be part of injustice? Are we willing to try forgiveness? Will we learn to get our heads in line with our hearts? Jesus called the religious leaders of his day to learn to change the way they think about the Kingdom of God. Are we willing to consider that we might be the leaders that need to change the way we think?

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow as we gather at 9:00 and 10:30 to learn more about this. It will be our pleasure to hear Ron Mitchell teach us on this topic. May we come with open hearts and open minds.

Grace be with you,


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