Last year we led the largest civil rights march in Birmingham since MLK.
It was a peaceful march to come together to pledge that "ALL lives matter."
We spoke about those who were being persecuted by ISIS. But I also spoke about the coming repeat of the summer of 1968, the "Summer of Rage." I felt it would happen this summer in Philly and Cleveland.
I prayed that history would not repeat or even rhyme but unfortunately it is here.
There is much more to come, I fear.
Last summer, I asked my listeners to take and sign the original pledge from the MLK movement.
Many didn't understand why I would ask this, but I believe it is now becoming more clear.
I have been mocked for claiming that we need to be the new civil rights movement (that does NOT imply that I am MLK as the press has mocked).
To be those people, we must see the injustice wherever it happens. We must empathize with all of the victims whether they are white, black or blue. Left or right.
Hatred is growing. We are tearing ourselves apart and violence is NOT the answer.
The Age of Enlightenment was also called the Age of Reason. That is the problem with our time: We have lost all reason.
We must stand firm TOGETHER. United we stand --- divided we fall.
Parties, race, income, sexuality and religion all are meaningless when compared to what we all have in common. We are all Americans and HUMANS.
We are all members of the family of man. We all want peace. We all want to live in a world where equal justice prevails and we stand together and protect each other from harm.
Only a very few want revolution or chaos. That is who we must pray for and stand against. There is nothing or no person or group that can defeat us as long as we remember who we are, with charity for all and malice toward none.
Will you take the MLK pledge today? Will the members of your family?
I hereby pledge myself—my person and body—to the nonviolent movement. Therefore I will keep the following ten commandments:
1. Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.
2. Remember always that the non—violent movement seeks justice and reconciliation --- not victory.
3. Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.
4. Pray daily to be used by God in order that all men might be free.
5. Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all men might be free.
6. Observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.
7. Seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.
8. Refrain from the violence of fist, tongue, or heart.
9. Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
10.Follow the directions of the movement and of the captain on a demonstration.
I sign this pledge, having seriously considered what I do and with the determination and will to persevere.
Please pray for all involved. Pray that our hearts may be softened and that we will have the decency and mental, spiritual and physical bravery for all we must do to stand for peace.
Featured Image: Glenn gathers with staff members to pray for the families of victims in recent shootings. (Screen shot from Facebook)