Martin Luther King’s rules of engagement

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We recently finished a study in our house group based around Philip Yancey’s wonderful book ‘What’s so amazing about grace?

Michaela handed out a copy of Martin Luther King’s rules for his civil rights organisation. I think they are wonderful, so here they are…

Meditate daily on the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Remember always that we seek justice and reconciliation, not victory.

Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.

Pray daily to be used by God in order that all people might be free.

Sacrifice personal wishes so that all people might be free.

Observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.

Seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.

Refrain from violence of fist, tongue or heart.

We had a short discussion about whether these were sufficient for living a Christian life. I am not sure- but i do think that they are sufficient as rules of engagement with the world about us.

In this time when increasingly Christians no longer can guarantee a place at the centre of communities, and we are starting to look for new ways (or old ways) to live missionally, (did I make that word up??) then these rules of engagements seem to me all the more important.

So the next study we are setting out into is ‘Exillio’ as mentioned here

I wonder what MLK would make of it?

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