10.13.2020 – A dark confused world

A dark confused world
kingdom of God may yet reign
in the hearts of men

Based on the closing lines of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Acceptance Speech, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, December 10, 1964.

Dr. King said:

But every crisis has both its dangers and its opportunities.

It can spell either salvation or doom.

In a dark confused world the kingdom of God may yet reign in the hearts of men.

Salvation or doom.

Life or death.

Right or wrong.

Good or evil.

Stark differences.

Stark choices.

The kingdom of God may yet reign in the hearts of men.

Dr. King in this Speech also said:

I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind.

I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history.

I refuse to accept the idea that the “isness” of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal “oughtness” that forever confronts him.

I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsom and jetsom in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.

Anyone today with with an abiding faith in America will be sorely tried.

Refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history.

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