by Rev. Dr. Irie Session
Several years ago, while pursing my D.Min., I took a course titled, “The Spiritual Lives of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Howard Thurman.” I vividly remember asking myself, “what internal equipment did King possess that enabled him to lead a movement characterized by non-violent resistance, amid a climate of intense racism and white supremacy?”
Fortunately, a required reading for the course was a book about King I’ve since come to appreciate, Strength to Love. The title alone was provocative and compelling; calling readers to consider love not as sentimental or mushy, but rather, difficult and arduous, requiring the internal equipment of strength. Ahhh, there it was. King had strength; it took strength, to love.
As I prepare to preach this Sunday— the week we celebrate the King Holiday, let’s consider together what strength looks like for the 21st Century church. We are here, all of us who profess to be followers of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, living together in a world still infected by racism and white supremacy culture. Let’s ask ourselves, are we weak, fragile, and delicate like wilting flowers, or are we strong? Do we have the strength that God provides to become the beloved community?
By God’s grace,