I’ve participated in a “spiritually oriented” blog for years, containing a wide range of beliefs and perspectives. The following was in response to a poster’s comments that are summed up in the opening question.
She asked, “Do you think it’s fair that our American children have to lose more and more programs, like sports, band, and other community services to free up money for the ever-increasing cost of the services immigrants require?”
The man who was to become Dr. Martin Luther King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, when he was twenty-five years old, in 1954. King’s faith was strongly based on Jesus’ commandment of loving your neighbor as yourself, loving God above all, and loving your enemies, praying for them and blessing them. His nonviolent thought was also based in the injuction to turn the other cheek in the Sermon on the Mount, and Jesus’ teaching of putting the sword back into its place. (more…)