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The King Who Isn’t Mentioned Part 2

August 28, 2011

A must buy!


Yesterday, I posted part one. Now, here is part two. I highly suggest buying this book!

“Our generation cannot escape the question of our Lord: What shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world of externals—airplanes, electric lights, automobiles, and color television—and lose the internal—his own soul?”

“…evil carries the seed of its own destruction.”

“Power is the ability to fulfill purpose; action that defeats purpose is weakness.”

“Without…faith, man’s highest dreams will pass silently to the dust.”

“[To distill all of our frustrations into a core bitterness and resentment] poisons the soul and scars the personality, always harming the person who harbors this feeling more than anyone else.”

“To sink in the quicksands of fatalism is both intellectually and psychologically stifling. Because freedom is part of the essence of man, the fatalist, by denying freedom, becomes a puppet, not a person.”

“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. Only in this way shall we live without the fatigue of bitterness and the drain of resentment.”

“True peace, a calm that exceeds all description and all explanation, is peace amid storm and tranquility amid disaster.”

“Our capacity to deal creatively with shattered dreams is ultimately determined by our faith in God.”

“…it is unfair and certainly unscientific to condemn a system before we know what that system teaches and why it is wrong.”

“Destructive means cannot bring constructive ends, because the means represent the-ideal-in-the-making and the-end-in-progress. Immoral means cannot bring moral ends, for the ends are preexistent in the means.”

“We must come to see that the Christian gospel is a two-way road. On the one side, it seeks to change the souls of men and thereby unite them with God; on the other, it seeks to change the environmental conditions of men so that the soul will have a chance after it is changed.”

“We must face the shameful fact that the church is the most segregated major institution in American society, and the most segregated hour of the week is…eleven o’clock on Sunday morning.”

“God intends that all of his children shall have the basic necessities for meaningful, healthful life. Surely it is unchristian and unethical for some to wallow in the soft beds of luxury while others sink in the quicksands of poverty.”

“The instruments that yesterday were worshiped today contain cosmic death, threatening to plunge all of us into the abyss of annihilation. Man is not able to save himself or the world. Unless he is guided by God’s spirit, his new-found scientific power will become a devastating Frankenstein monster that will bring to ashes his earthy life.”

“What appears at the moment to be evil may have a purpose that our finite minds are incapable of comprehending. So in spite of the presence of evil and the doubts that lurk in our minds, we shall wish not to surrender the conviction that our God is able.”

“At times we may feel that we do not need God, but on the day when the storms of disappointment rage, the winds of disaster blow, and the tidal waves of grief beat against our lives, if we do not have a deep and patient faith our emotional lives will be ripped to shreds. There is so much frustration in the world because we have relied on gods rather than God.”

“Only God is able. It is faith in him that we must rediscover. With this faith we can transform bleak and desolate valleys into sunlit paths of joy and bring new light into the dark caverns of pessimism.”

“Normal fear protects us; abnormal fear paralyzes us. Normal fear motivates us to improve our individual and collective welfare; abnormal fear constantly poisons and distorts our inner lives. Our problem is not to be rid of fear but rather to harness and master it.”

“Not arms but love, understanding, and organized goodwill can cast out fear. Only disarmament, based on good faith, will make mutual trust a living reality.”

“Hatred and bitterness can never cure the diseases of fear; only love can do that. Hatred paralyzed life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.”

“Religion endows us with the conviction that we are not alone in the vast, uncertain universe. Beneath and above that shifting sands of time, the uncertainties that darken our days, and the vicissitudes that cloud our nights is a wise and loving God.”

“The confidence that God is mindful of the individual is of tremendous value in dealing with the disease of fear, for it gives us a sense of worth, of belonging, and of at-homeness in the universe.”

“Man’s hankering after the demonic is always disturbed by his longing for the divine. As he seeks to adjust to the demands of time, he know that eternity is his ultimate habitat. When man comes to himself, he knows that evil is a foreign invader that must be driven from the native soils of his soul before he can achieve moral and spiritual dignity.”

“The idea that man expects God to do everything leads inevitably to a callous misuse of prayer. For if God does everything, man then asks him for anything, and God becomes little more than a ‘cosmic bellhop’ who is summoned for every trivial need. Or God is considered so omnipotent and man so powerless that prayer is a substitute for work and intelligence.”

“One cannot remove an evil habit by mere resolution nor by simply calling on God to do the job but only as he surrenders himself and becomes an instrument of God.”

‎”God is too courteous to break open the door, but when we open it in faith believing, a divine and human confrontation will transform our sin-ruined lives into radiant personalities.”

“The tragedy is not merely that you have such a multiplicity of denominations, but that many groups claim to possess absolute truth. Such narrow sectarianism destroys the unity of the Body of Christ. God is neither Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, nor Episcopalian. God transcends our denominations.”

“The end of life is not to be happy nor to achieve pleasure and avoid pain but to do the will of God, come what may.”

“…you may ascend to the heights of academic achievement, so that you have all knowledge, and you may boast of your great institutions of learning and the boundless extent of your degrees; but, devoid of love, all of these mean absolutely nothing.”

“The agonizing moments through which I have passed during the last few years have also drawn me closer to God.”

“…I am not yet discouraged about the future. Granted that the easygoing optimism of yesterday is impossible. Granted that we face a world crisis that leaves us standing so often amid the surging murmur of life’s restless sea. But every crisis has both its dangers and opportunities. It can spell either salvation or doom. In a dark, confused world the Kingdom of God may yet reign in the hearts of men.”

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The King Who Isn’t Mentioned Part 1

August 27, 2011

Such a powerful book!


The title of this blog post might interest you. I don’t know about you, but in high school and college, I never heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. talk about God. That is until I read this book. If there is one thing that I gained from college, it is the motivation to read things that interest me on my own. I discovered this book after seeing it cited in The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Just as I did with the autobiography, I did a quote series for Dr. King’s Strength to Love on Facebook. I did this during an interesting time without even knowing it. The Martin Luther King Memorial recently opened in Washington DC. In two weeks, I plan on going to see it along with other things such as the American History Museum. Here is part one of the quote series. Part two comes tomorrow. I highly suggest getting this book!

“There is little hope for us until we become tough minded enough to break loose from the shackles of prejudice, half-truths, and downright ignorance…A nation or a civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.”

“Violence brings only temporary victories; violence, by creating many more social problems than it solves, never brings permanent peace.”

“The greatness of our God lies in the fact that he is both tough minded and tenderhearted.”

“[God] does not leave us alone in our agonies and struggles. He seeks us in dark places and suffers with us and for us in our tragic prodigality.”

“God combines in his nature a creative synthesis of love and justice that will lead us through life’s dark valleys and into sunlit pathways of hope and fulfillment.”

“Every true Christian is a citizen of two worlds, the world of our time and the world of eternity.”

“…most people, and Christians in particular, are thermometers that record or register the temperature of majority opinion, not thermostats that transform and regulate the temperature of society.”

“If the church of Jesus Christ is to regain once more its power, message and authentic ring, it must conform only to the demands of the gospel. The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists, who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”

“Any Christian who blindly accepts the opinions of the majority and in fear and timidity follows a path of expediency and social approval is a mental and spiritual slave.”

“More than ever before we are today challenged by the words of yesterday, ‘Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.'”

“The Samaritan was good because he made concern for others the first law of his life.”

“Our unswerving devotion to monopolistic capitalism makes us more concerned about the economic security of the captains of industry than for the laboring men whose sweat and skills keep industry functioning.”

“The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.”

“…it is not enough to aid a wounded man on the Jericho Road; it is also important to change the conditions that make robbery possible. Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice that make philanthropy necessary.”

“Dollars posses the potential for helping wounded children of God on life’s Jericho Road, but unless those dollars are distributed by compassionate fingers they will enrich neither the giver nor the receiver.”

“…I must not ignore the wounded man on life’s Jericho Road, because he is a part of me and I am a part of him. His agony diminishes me, and his salvation enlarges me.”

“The potential beauty of human life is constantly made ugly by man’s ever-recurring song of retaliation.”

“Generations will rise and fall; men will continue to worship the god of revenge and bow before the altar of retaliation; but ever and again this noble lesson of Calvary will be a nagging reminder that only goodness can drive out evil and only love can conquer hate.”

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

“…the church must implore men to be good and well-intentioned and must extol the virtues for kindheartedness and conscientiousness….Never must the church tire of reminding men that they have a moral responsibility to be intelligent.”

“One does not need to be a profound scholar to be open minded, nor a keen academician to engage in an assiduous pursuit for truth.”

“…the command to love one’s enemy is an absolute necessity for our survival. Love even for enemies is the key to the solution for the problems of our world.”

“…we must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”

“…we must not seek to defeat or humiliate the enemy but to win his friendship and understanding. At times we are able to humiliate our worst enemy. Inevitably, his weak moments come and we are able to thrust in his side the spear of defeat. But this we must not do.”

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Hate is just as injurious to the person who hates…Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.”

“May we solemnly realize that we shall never be true sons of our heavenly Father until we love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.”

“Midnight is the house when men desperately seek to obey the eleventh commandment, ‘Thou shalt not get caught.'”

“In the terrible midnight of war, men have knocked on the door of the church to ask for bread of peace, but the church has often disappointed them.”

“…those who have gone to the church to seek the bread of economic justice have been left in the frustrating midnight of economic privation. In many instances the church has so aligned itself with the privileged classes and so defended the status quo that it has been unwilling to answer the knock at midnight.”

“Many young people who knock on the door are perplexed by the uncertainties of life, confused by daily disappointments, and disillusioned by the ambiguities of history…We must provide them with the fresh bread of hope and imbue them with the conviction that God has the power to bring good out of evil.”

“Disappointment, sorrow, and despair are born at midnight, but morning follows. ‘Weeping may endure for a night,’ says the psalmist, ‘but joy cometh in the morning.’ This faith adjourns the assemblies of hopelessness and brings new light into the dark chambers of pessimism.”

“The richer this man became materially, the poorer he became intellectually and spiritually.”

“Materialism is a weak flame that is blown out by the breath of mature thinking.”

“Without dependence on God our efforts turn to ashes and our sunrises into darkest night.”