Throughout his life, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. strove to bring about justice through peace. He taught his followers that they must obey the commandment of Jesus that we are to love our enemies and pray for our persecutors. He believed that the healing of the racial divisions and the racial injustice in this country could and would be overcome by what he called “militant non-violence.”

This was not a matter of passively accepting injustice but of actively resisting injustice, but with love and non-violence. There are many people who are unhappy with the state of America right now. We can see that in the violence on the left over the past year and the violence from the right a few weeks ago. We are a people who disagree with one another strongly and who want to change America and the world in a number of different ways. We are not on the same page with one another on what those changes need to be or of what kind of America we want to see emerge.

We need to listen to the teaching and observe the example of Dr. King. We actively oppose evil, but we do so with non-violence and love.

The “Dream” of Martin Luther King is still not a full reality. Racial divisions, racial prejudices, and racial strife remain part of American life. We pray, and we work to make his dream of equality, justice and peace a living reality.