The Gospel of Love — Martin Luther King Jr.

American Minute with Bill Federer

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born JANUARY 15, 1929. A minister like his father and grandfather, he pastored Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery and Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

He formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. On April 16, 1963, King wrote:

As the Apostle Paul carried the gospel of Jesus Christ … so am I compelled to carry the gospel … I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers … I stand in the middle of two opposing forces … One is a force of complacency … The other force is one of bitterness and hatred, and it comes perilously close to advocating violence. It is expressed in the various black nationalist groups … the largest being Elijah Muhammad’s Muslim movement. Nourished by frustration over racial discrimination, this movement is made up of people who have lost faith in America … I have tried to stand between these two forces … for there is the more excellent way of love.

Martin Luther King concluded:

One day the South will know that when these disinherited children of God sat down at lunch counters they were standing up for what is best in the American dream and for the most sacred values in our Judeo-Christian heritage.

Bill FedererThe Moral Lib­eral con­tribut­ing edi­tor, William J. Fed­erer, is the best­selling author of “Back­fired: A Nation Born for Reli­gious Tol­er­ance no Longer Tol­er­ates Reli­gion,” and numer­ous other books. A fre­quent radio and tele­vi­sion guest, his daily Amer­i­can Minute is broad­cast nation­ally via radio, tele­vi­sion, and Inter­net. Check out all of Bill’s books here.

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