This is where my mind and my heart may be found lately.
From Strength to Love by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We shall meet your physical force with soul force. Do to use what you will, and we shall continue to love you. Throw us in jail, and we shall still love you. Bomb our homes and threaten our children, and we shall still love you. Send you hooded perpetrators of violence into our community at the midnight hour and beat us and leave us half dead and we shall still love you. But be assured that we will wear you down by our capacity to suffer. One day we shall win freedom, but not only for ourselves. We shall so appeal to heart and conscience that we shall win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.”
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing,
because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
– 1 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
What if the most powerful were to do this? We know what it looks like when a weak minority endures suffering with great love; King’s life shows us this picture rather well.
But what if the strong humbled himself and chose to bless those who would cause him injury?
What would that look like?