Seasons Greetings Fellow Boundary Spanners!
Over the holidays, take a quiet moment to read the excerpts below from Martin Luther King’s Christmas Eve sermon, just over 3 months before his death. Or better yet, you can hear the full original recording in that introspective and mesmerizing voice. How will you carry forth MLK’s calling for a more interdependent world in the New Year? Peace on Earth, Good Will toward Men…
Dr. King delivered this sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as co-pastor. Excerpts below –
Let us this morning think anew on the meaning of that Christmas hope: “Peace on Earth, Good Will toward Men.”
Now let me suggest first that if we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone; no nation can live alone, and as long as we try, the more we are going to have war in this world. Now the judgment of God is upon us, and we must either learn to live together as brothers or we are all going to perish together as fools.
Yes, as nations and individuals, we are interdependent.
It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.
I have a dream that one day men will rise up and come to see that they are made to live together as brothers…With this faith we will be able to speed up the day when there will be peace on earth and good will toward men. It will be a glorious day, the morning stars will sing together, and the sons of God will shout for joy.