“Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe.”
– Arundhati Roy
Just like Jesus in His day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. threatened the power of the government, the military/industrial complex, and even the coffers of organized crime. Some say that this is what cost him his life, and that his death was not attributable to James Earl Ray or anyone other than the CIA and associated interests.
Yesterday was Martin Luther King Day in America, and he was honored nationwide. Mail delivery was halted, many had the day off work, and services and remembrances were held in churches, state capitols and even on the floors of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Odd that, considering this same government is credited with killing Dr. King.
The cause of peace – real peace – would bankrupt many people, most governments and all weapons manufacturers and other purveyors of violence, death and destruction the world over. That’s the real reason MLK was killed. The love of money. And we know that the love of money is the root of evil in our world, because the scriptures tell us so. Over and over and over. Yet most American Christians continue to support the militaristic actions of their government, even though that support has helped spread more chaos and death among more innocent people than has ever befallen the earth in human history.
For more information on the death of King, and a trial that proved who the guilty parties are, go to:
Jesus commanded us to walk in peace, and we often fail to do that. As we remember a man who lived – and died – for the cause of peace, let’s do our part to fight injustice, stop war and reach out with God’s love to a world that hungers and thirsts for Him. Start by informing yourselves more, arming your mind with the ammunition needed to fight the propaganda of powerful forces in this world. Then take what you discover and spread it, so that others may hear and be set free.
Then occupy. That’s what Jesus told us to do: “Occupy until I come.” Funny how modern-day “occupiers” have filled cities across the nation in an effort to fight economic injustice. We should do at least that much as we work to share an eternal message of peace, hope and love.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor. 5:17-21
(Thanks to my buddy Mike for the initial reference on this post. Love you, bro!)