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Martin Luther King, Jr. - Preacher and Leader.

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Daniel Hudgins 10/9/2003 LU 1103 Martin Luther King, Jr.: Preacher and Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was raised in an environment where "church and home were virtually indistinguishable" (Biography as Theology page 55). Many have said that King was first and foremost a preacher. Martin Luther King, Jr. became a preacher of faith and love, and he began a path that caused him to lead a nonviolent approach to the civil rights movement. First, Martin Luther King, Jr. became a preacher of faith. He had a faith that was so strong "even the most hardened sinner runs the risk of being converted..." (60). He preached with such enthusiasm and such power that nearly every individual that heard him speak was touched in some way. ...read more.

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This was a great foundation for King's leadership in the civil rights movement. Also, Martin Luther believed in being peaceful. In King's view, it was better to keep the peace than to stir up more trouble. Instead of fighting hate with more hate, King believed in retaliating with love. The method most often used by King was based on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. The Gandhian concept of satyagraha, which means love-force, was exactly what Martin King was looking for. He then combined the Gandhian method of nonviolence with the Christian concept of "love your enemies" to create the best weapon against his oppressors. In Loving Your Enemies King pointed out his three ways to love your enemies. ...read more.

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This is what we must live by today."(59) King displayed his true love for his enemies. His house had just been bombed by his own hometown neighbors, yet he still had the strength to say that he loved them. It was situations like this which drove King to participate in civil rights movements; not because of the bombing of his house, but because of his love for Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King, Jr. became a leader in the fight for civil rights. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a modern day Moses. He led his people to freedom through faith and God's help. As Martin Luther King, Jr. became a preacher of faith and love, he began a path that caused him to lead a nonviolent approach to the civil rights movement. ...read more.

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