SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, issues the following reflection in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
“Were Martin Luther King Jr. alive today and were he to see our nation’s current broken condition, what would he say to us? What would he tell our government leaders in the middle of this political crisis?
“Looking back at what he taught and preached, my guess is King would call us to love. ‘Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend,’ he once said. He also said, ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’ That he preached this message in the face of hateful, violent racism makes his words all the more extraordinary.
“On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I pray we remember the timeless truth he taught, and I pray we resolve as a nation to choose love and cast off hate. As King said, ‘I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.’”
Dr. Ronnie Floyd is the senior pastor of Cross Church and president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, which each year mobilizes millions of Americans to unified public prayer for the United States of America. He’s the author of “Living Fit: Make Your Life Count by Pursuing a Healthy You.” Follow him on Twitter @ronniefloyd.