Monday, September 23, 2019
“The strong man holds in a living blend strongly marked opposites…Life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony…
Jesus recognized the need for blending opposites. He knew that His disciples would face a difficult and hostile world, where they would confront the recalcitrance of political officials and the intransigence of the protectors of the old order. He knew that they would meet cold and arrogant men whose hearts had been hardened by the long winter of traditionalism. So He said to them, ‘Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves.’ And He gave them a formula for action: ‘Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.’…
We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart…
There is little hope for us until we become toughminded enough to break loose from the shackles of prejudice, half-truths, and downright ignorance. The shape of the world today does not permit us the luxury of softmindedness. A nation or a civilization that continues to produce softminded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan…
But we must not stop with the cultivation of a tough mind. The gospel also demands a tender heart. Toughmindedness without tenderheartedness is cold and detached…
Jesus reminds us that the good life combines the toughness of the serpent and the tenderness of the dove…
To have serpentlike qualities devoid of dovelike qualities is to be passionless, mean, and selfish…
To have dovelike without serpentlike qualities is to be sentimental, anemic, and aimless…
We must combine strongly marked antitheses.”
Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love
Act up for Jesus!
Shatter the sound of silence!
Blessings and Love!