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Venerate King’s birthday

Posted: January 17, 2013 5:05 p.m.
Updated: January 18, 2013 5:00 a.m.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said “Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible.”

Too many precious lives are snuffed out prematurely because of senseless and wanton acts of violence (i.e. school massacres, home invasions, street and domestic violence, bullying and drunk drivers). In fact, its pernicious effects have afflicted, strangled, suffocated, and imprisoned many rural and urban neighborhoods.

In my opinion, this multicultural nation is a hemorrhaging melting pot of wasted blood. The beloved blood flows incessantly from the main arteries and side streets/roads of America. If the tourniquet of non-violence, love and hope is not applied quickly, the human race will utterly bleed to death. God forbid! Scripture says, Christ has “made of one blood all nations” (Acts 17:26). What can we do to quell the widespread violence in our beloved communities? First, we must return to biblical principles and family values. Our church and community leaders should collectively focus their resources on motivating youngsters. It means building moral character, promoting academic success, providing productive careers.

Secondly, a stable family structure must be governed by mature, responsible adults. They need to be more visible, vocal, and viable participants (not spectators) in the spiritual and educational life of their children from the crib to college and beyond.

Thirdly, the mass media must equally report positive, inspiring and ethnic-oriented success stories. Our young people are starving (even dying) to hear and see the good, bright side of life.

Finally, there are other constructive ways to reduce or eradicate violence in our beleaguered communities such as stringent gun laws; interdicting the drug trade; increasing alcohol, drug and violence prevention/treatment programs; middle/high schools “Stop the Violence” awareness seminars/rallies; and turning off violent television and video games.

Let us venerate Dr. King’s birthday every day by inculcating the teachings of non-violence which he espoused more than forty years ago. With God’s help, and “Malice toward none,” the rampant violence and internecine warfare might end.

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