Today, January 16th, 2017, is a day that is dedicated to the work of Martin Luther King Jr. While most people know King for his nonviolent work within the Civil Rights Movement, another important aspect to King’s life was his Christian beliefs. King began his civil rights journey by founding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Through this conference, King began to fight against segregation through nonviolent protests. King died almost half a century ago; however, Christians can still benefit from his teachings today.
As Christians, we are called to love one another in the name of Jesus Christ. In fact, Mark 12:31 says “love your neighbor as you love yourself.” So, as people of Christ, how exactly do we do that? How do Christians become better at accepting and loving those whose race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and income status are not the same as our own?